A league of their own
Local mom becomes an advocate for allgirls baseball organization
Midtown mother Dana Bookman decided to start a non-profit, all-girls baseball association for her daughter who wanted to play in a league with girls her age, instead of being forced onto a team with boys.
“She has been interested in playing baseball since she was two, but she didn’t want to play with the boys,” explains Bookman. “Since there are no all-girls leagues for her age group in Toronto, her options were very limited.”
Bookman created a post on her Facebook page asking parents if any girls in the community (ages four to 10) might be interested in playing in an all-girls league, and the response was overwhelming. In the first month, she received interest from more than 40 different parents wanting to sign their daughter up for the league.
Bookman then found four coaches who were willing to donate their time, two of whom are women who played women’s baseball at a professional level.
“We have already gotten sponsorships f rom over 10 different companies, and two community baseball leagues have just offered to donate to us all of their old equipment,” she said. “Especially with all of the Jays hype now and the rumour of women’s baseball returning to the 2020 Olympics, how can we tell these young girls that there is no league for them to play in?” Bookman asked. “I want to make sure they have every opportunity to play, because no girl should ever be told she can’t.”
The season will begin May 5, and Bookman hopes to put a fall program into place as the requests for registration have been continuous. To register, go to www.torontogirlsbaseball.com.
Dana Bookman and daughter Noa Rae