The Durham Bulls Youth Athletic League began in 1997 as the Bull City Baseball Association - a merger between the South Durham Youth Athletic League and the Durham Bulls Baseball League. This merger was an effort to combine both organization's missions to provide recreational opportunities to
DBYAL not only provides appropriate uniforms and equipment for the sports of baseball and soccer, assists in player registrations, plan for team pictures and end of season celebrations; it, more importantly, provides a great opportunity for all youth including those who are "at risk" while teaching youth about leadership, teamwork, winning and losing--with dignity and respect for self and others. The DBYAL provides a positive alternative from the negative behaviors so prevalent in today's society and builds positive life-skills and character traits.
DBYAL has become known in the area of youth baseball, with the expansion of serving 200 youth in the mid 90's to now serving over a 450 youth. Youth baseball games have been played at city and public school baseball fields around the City of
Through a class initiated project, Adam Grossman and Jared Weinstein,
In 1995, a collaboration between the Durham Housing Authority,
The Durham Bulls Youth Athletic League is a 501 3c tax exempt charitable organization which functions with an elected Board which includes representatives from various agencies and businesses including the League?s major sponsor, The Durham Bulls. Fundraising for the league includes offering three levels of sponsorship to area businesses to assist in sustaining the DBYAL Program and for on-going field maintenance of the baseball complex of
The future of DBYAL , with its expansion of leagues in both baseball and soccer, fall and spring seasons remains bright. The outreach to youth all over the city is wide and far reaching and with the help of sponsors and supporters, DBYAL can continue to provide positive alternatives for youth for years to come.
In 2010, DBYAL entered into a partnership with Triangle United Soccer Association (TUSA) and the Durham Police Department Athletic League (PAL) to expand recreational opportunities to more youth in the city by offering instruction, gameplay and leagues in the sports of soccer and basketball.
In 2012, DBYAL/PAL/TUSA continued to expand to reach more youth throughout the city as it entered into a partnership with the Durham Public Schools. The YOUTH IN ATHLETICS program enabled the dispensing of league program information and opportunities to all students in elementary and middle schools.
Embarking on the 20th Anniversary of the organization and working with area school principals and staff, DBYAL has begun seeking new ways to provide positive alternatives for youth by holding the first DBYAL "TAKE the STAGE" Talent Show. This event will showcase the talents of elementary/middle school students, ages 5-12. Auditions for all catergories of talent ranging from dance, music (vocal and instrumental), and spoken word will be held in mid-March of 2014 to select contestants for the talent show to be held at the end of March. Winners of the talent show will win cash prizes.
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