In the beginning…. there was an annual T-ball game sponsored by Catawba County Mental Health’s Early Childhood Intervention Services (ECIS). Then, in 1994, the Hickory Crawdads came to town…and teamed with Catawba County Mental Health and Conover School’s Blueprints of a Dream to develop four teams of players and buddies (players’ helpers) who enjoyed a seven-week season culminating with the final game at L.P. Frans stadium (home of the Hickory Crawdads).
In 1996, a Winter bowling league formed. The bowling league has grown in popularity over the years. And in and around the year 2000, a Summer bowling group emerged. We added swimming and a choir.
We have obtained the use of a building in Granite Falls that we call the Walkin’ Roll Activites Center. It is here that we now offer Game Night on the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month year-round! Game Night is a time to socialize and fellowship over light refreshments. We have board games and some materials for art projects. We have Bingo where everyone wins 3 times and gets a prize off the table. Sometimes we have special guests that mix up this event, but always are assured to have fun.
Now, it is the year 2019. Looking back over the last 25 years, we can see that friendships have formed and families have grown up in the league. Our number of players and families have increased tremendously. Young players that played the games in the first few seasons are now coaching the next generation. Its hard to say exactly how many players participate in our events, because some play t-ball, but do not bowl. Some bowl and sing, but do not swim. Some swim and play t-ball, but do not bowl. We estimate that 250 players have participated in our league int he past year and I can say that we have 115 t-ball players in the 2019 T-ball season.