Government funding for Western Championships

Chilliwack Minor Baseball is getting financial help to host a big tournament at Fairfield Island later this month.

The provincial government is providing $5,000 to help Chilliwack Minor Baseball host a major baseball tournament.

Chilliwack MLA John Martin made the announcement Monday, with the money designated to the 2014 midget AAA Western Baseball Association Championships.

“It is an honour for CMBA to be chosen to host this year’s championships,” said Martin. “It speaks well of the quality and leadership of local sport in our community.”

The tournament will run Aug. 21-24 at Fairfield Island, with Chilliwack welcoming five visiting teams.

Without the ability to charge entry fees, CMBA was searching for ways to offset the various costs, including transportation and umpires.

The government funding comes from Hosting BC, a grant program that funds competitive level events that support long-term athlete development plans for B.C.’s provincial sport organizations.

Across B.C., 37 events in 24 communities will share $152,250 in the latest round of Hosting BC grants. They are provided by the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development and administered by ViaSport, a provincial non-profit leader in promoting sport and physical activity.

For more info, see viasport.ca/hosting-bc-grant-program