Young Muskoka baseball players are catching a flight to Cuba to play ball and donate supplies. A Bantam team, with players aged 13 to 15, from the Muskoka region is flying south to take part in the Canada-Cuba Goodwill Tour. This is the first time a Bantam team from the district is taking part in the tournament.

Head Coach Joseph Hickes says the team will play around five games against local Cuban teams, and will also be donating baseball equipment and school supplies.

Hickes says the recruitment process is underway, as they aren’t looking for necessarily the best players in the district.

He says it’s costing around $25,000 to go, and the team is going to do some fundraising to make it happen.

Hickes says they’re also looking for financial donations, or auction items. Anyone who might be able to help out can contact Hickes at or 1-902-478-4276.

The tournament is around three months long in total, with a steady flow of teams flying in and out to take part. The local team will be flying down on January 27th and getting back on February 3rd. Hickes says the final roster should be set within the next couple of weeks.