Ontario Youth Sports raising funds for community programming, expanding adaptive youth sports

Ontario Youth Sports (OYS) offers community-based programs and youth sports leagues throughout the year. 

In 2018, the organization celebrated 20 years of service to Richland County. The organization strives to give every family and child a safe, healthy place to live and play, regardless of race, gender or economic status. 

OYS has evolved from running a baseball and football league for 300 athletes to one of the largest community programs in the Mid-Ohio area. 

Ontario Youth Sports raising funds for community programming, expanding adaptive youth sports

In the past three years, OYS has offered more FREE, unique, family friendly events than ever before including:

  • Concerts in the Park

  • Community Movie Night

  • Yoga in the Park

  • Youth Camps and Clinics

  • The Tomahawk Adaptive Baseball Program

  • Summer Baseball and Softball Program

  • Spring and Fall Soccer Program

  • Soccer / Baseball / Softball Tournaments

  • Winter Training for Richland County Athletes.

  • Ontario Rocks Community Event

  • Bike with a Cop

  • Community CPR Class

  • Amazing Chase Community Event

  • Community Fall Festival

  • Can you Picture Ontario Community Event

  • Make it OYS Community Event

  • Community Christmas Tree Lighting

  • Continued Park Improvements

In 2019, an estimated 20,000 people came to Ontario to participate in one of our events - including more children and senior citizens than in past years. The organization plans to add more dates to the Concerts in the Park series and recruit bigger bands. 

“OYS gives our community the ability to stay local and enjoy the same type of events bigger cities enjoy,” said Spencer. “As our community grows and needs change, OYS will continue to push the envelope to offer our families something amazing!”

Ontario Youth Sports raising funds for community programming, expanding adaptive youth sports

OYS is planning grow its Adaptive Baseball Program and start an Adaptive Soccer League for individuals with physical and intellectual challenges. 

The Tomahawk teams accommodate male and female players ages 4 to 18, or up to age 22 if still enrolled in school. There is no charge for athletes to participate in these programs.

OYS is raising funds through Richland Gives to provide these community events and youth programs.

“OYS will continue to reinforce the importance of community, teamwork and commitment to healthy living,” Spencer said. “Your donation will allow us to educate our coaches, promote healthy and positive play, upgrade equipment and expand many of our community events. Thank you for considering our programs.”

This article was paid for by the nonprofit organization mentioned. Leading up to Giving Tuesday on December 3, we will feature profiles on various local nonprofits. Read all the stories here.