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  • Writer's pictureJessica Cyr

From Joke to the Board: My Journey as Concession Manager for Marshwood Youth Baseball

It all started with a joke. One Sunday morning, while juggling my son’s baseball schedule with our family’s church commitments, I quipped about volunteering for an extra concession shift to ensure my son could try out first thing in the morning. Little did I know, this offhand comment would set me on a path to becoming the Concession Manager for Marshwood Youth Baseball.

When I first took on the role, I quickly realized that managing the concession stand was no small feat. In addition to stocking and cleaning the stand, we faced challenges with volunteer sign-ups. This year the Board of Directors decided to streamline the signup process, introducing a disclaimer about the required concession stand shift for all families. This small change made a significant difference in my eyes as we saw a notable increase in participation, making volunteer management much easier to facilitate.

What truly amazes me is the incredible community spirit we have here in South Berwick. Most families are exceptionally gracious with their time, and their willingness to volunteer makes my job so much easier. Every game day, I see parents, siblings, and friends coming together to support our young athletes.

It’s important to remember that volunteers aren’t paid. All the money we raise through the concession stand goes right back into the league. These funds are crucial for maintaining the fields, purchasing equipment and uniforms, and paying the umpires who ensure our games run smoothly.

As the Concession Manager, I’m thankful for every volunteer who steps up, every family who supports our efforts, and every community member who buys a hot dog or a pack of Big League Chew. Together, we’re not just running a concession stand; we’re building a stronger community and allowing kids to learn life lessons on the field. Their bodies and minds will be stronger for it.

So, next time you’re at a MYB game, stop by the concession stand and know that every purchase and every volunteer hour makes a real difference. It’s more than just snacks and drinks.

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