Community Engagement

Photo Credit - Andrew Duffy

For many years, the Wareham Gatemen Organization has made it a priority to be active in the community and support various community organizations and projects. While most support is done anonymously, the Gatemen do promote some of our activities:

MOVIE NIGHT AT SPILLANE FIELD

The Gatemen host a movie night at Spillane Field Using the new video scoreboard. In 2021, the movie was “The Sandlot,” a PG-rated movie about a neighborhood baseball team.
Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. Attendees can watch from the stands or bring beach chairs and blankets to lounge in the outfield.

GATEMEN READING PROGRAM

We currently have five dates set up at three different libraries. Each program will run about 45 minutes in length. The library will have the books for the players to read. After reading there will be a little Q&A for the kids to ask the players questions, and then the players can also ask the kids some questions. Following the Q&A will be some autograph signing and then a little gentle game of catch on the library lawn, weather permitting.

Here are the dates, times and locations:

Rochester Library: Saturday, June 15 and Saturday, July 20 at 10:15 a.m.: It's called the Joseph Plumb Library and it's at 17 Constitution Way. The contact person there is Lisa Fuller (her nephew is a former Gatemen, 2014).

Mattapoisett Free Public Library: Saturday, June 22 at 10:30 a.m.: This is the library's kick-off to summer reading event. The address is 7 Barstow St. The contact person is Michelle Skaar, or Miyuki Dawson (her son is sometimes the Gatemen bullpen catcher!).

Wareham Library: Tuesday, July 9 and Tuesday, July 23 at 10 a.m. at Spillane Field. We are aware that a baseball clinic will be going on the same day, but Jay said it shouldn't be a problem to have the kids reading on the outfield grass somewhere.

PARTNERSHIP WITH THE WAREHAM BOYS & GIRLS CLUB

Once a week, Gatemen players go to the Wareham Boys & Girls Club to lend a hand with the club’s summer program. The players help the staff with whatever needs to be done but it usually ends up being a few hours of playing and talking with the kids in the program.

PARTNERSHIP WITH THE WAREHAM PUBLIC LIBRARIES

For many years, the Gatemen have been going to the libraries and helping the staff with general maintenance, grounds keeping, shelving books and (if possible) technological tasks.

PARTNERSHIP WITH KEYSTONE PLACE AT BUZZARDS BAY

Beginning in 2017, the Gatemen players volunteered one day per week to spend time visiting with the residents of Keystone Place, an independent living, assisted living and memory care complex in Buzzards Bay.

CHRISTMAS IN JULY TOY DRIVE

The Gatemen hold a toy drive at one of our July home games. All toys collected are donated to local organizations servicing those children in need.

Photo Credit - Kristin Ostrowski