March 23, 2021
Message from Big Train Founder & President Bruce Adams
To Our Big Train Community:
As I pledged to you when we reestablished the Bethesda Community Base Ball Club (BCBBC) and retook stewardship of Bethesda Big Train baseball in June of 2020, we have been working hard to be able to bring the fun back to Shirley Povich Field this summer after a very difficult year.
As the health data continue to look better and more and more of us get our vaccinations, state and local officials are updating Covid regulations. I believe a return to beloved community activities like Big Train baseball at Povich Field will be a much valued step forward toward normalcy. Our Covid Safety Work Group led by BCBBC Vice President Eric Cole is consulting with teams across the country to learn best practices that we will incorporate into a socially distanced plan to submit to county officials to allow for fans to return to Povich Field. We have promised to be fully transparent with our fans, host families, players, coaches, and the broader community throughout this process. As part of this, you may sign up to attend our fan focus group on Fan Safety in the Covid Era to be held by Zoom on Tuesday March 30 from 7 to 8 p.m.
With the uncertainty about the number of fans to be allowed at Big Train games this summer and the challenges our community small businesses face, we know that revenue and game night sponsorships will be down this year. Recognizing this, our Board of Directors has acted prudently to reduce our 2021 budget by one-third. To be able to keep the Big Train on track for a 22nd successful season, we need the continued support from our loyal Big Train fans like you.
To be able to keep the Big Train on track for a 22nd successful season, we need continued support from our loyal fans. Here’s how you can help:
If we are able to meet these targets from our most faithful fans, we will raise $32,400 to help cover expected shortfalls from Covid limited attendance and reduced corporate sponsorship for our essential expenses until next Spring when we expect to be able to again roll out a robust campaign to recruit season and game night sponsors. So, if you love Big Train the way I think you do, please step up and add your name to mine on the “We Are Big Train” Honor Roll to help keep the Big Train rolling.
Our ten week “We Are Big Train” campaign between now and when the season starts in June will highlight five of the reasons our fans support Big Train baseball so passionately:
Each individual and family pledging to support our “We Are Big Train” campaign at the MVP level of $22 per month and at the All Star level of $10 per month will be listed on our webpage and in social media on our “We Are Big Train” Honor Roll.
We are working hard to be sure we can maintain the “Small town charm and Big League talent” you have come to love each summer at Povich Field. Please do your part now by pledging your support of our “We Are Big Train” campaign. We value our fans and look forward to acknowledging your support by adding your name to our Honor Roll.
We will surely make our goal if each of you who makes this pledge will in addition forward this request to at least one other Big Train fan and encourage them to join you on our Honor Roll.
Thank you for your generous and continued support.
P.S. I want to hear from you. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any suggestions you have for improving your Big Train baseball experience at Shirley Povich Field.
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