The Opening Day Ceremony begins at 9 a.m. and will include a parade of players, recognition of college scholarship recipients, and a moment of silence for the United States military. The day will also include team photos, demonstration games, and food and game booths until 4 p.m. The Blood Centers of the Pacific will be on-site conducting a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All donators are welcome to walk in without an appointment.
This year, in conjunction with Opening Day, DYSL is holding a KidCare Photo ID Event as part of the national campaign by The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) to increase awareness of missing children and educate parents about the steps they can take to help protect their kids.
"DYSL is all about the kids. Opening day is the perfect opportunity to give parents this very important safety record for their children," said Teresa Klein, DYSL Vice President.
The purpose of the KidCare Photo ID event is to provide parents with a free, high-quality photograph of their child that is placed in a national safety record along with child's current vital statistics. The KidCare Photo ID, the only NCMEC-approved standard children's photo identification, provides parents with all the appropriate information necessary if their child is lost or abducted.
According to the NCMEC, more than a million children are reported missing each year. Authorities say the single most important tool in helping to find a missing child is a good photograph. In fact, one of seven featured children in an NCMEC photo distribution program are recovered because of that photo.
DYSL is the largest non-profit youth sports league in the Antioch area, with approximately 3,000 kids and more than 200 teams, including a free, all-inclusive TOPSoccer Program for kids with special needs and abilities. DYSL is an all-volunteer organization. If you would like to volunteer at the opening day ceremony or KidCare Photo ID event, contact Teresa Klein at 755-8934.