Independence Mayor Eileen Weir is inviting Independence youth ages 7 to 14, to join her Saturday at the Mayor’s Play Ball Challenge at the Independence Athletic Complex.

The “Play Ball Summer” initiative was created by the United States Conference of Mayors to encourage kids to pursue an active and healthy lifestyle while enjoying the fun of baseball. Mayors across the country are sponsoring events in their communities.

“Baseball is a great way for kids to have fun, be healthy and make new friends,” Weir said. “I am excited to join my fellow mayors across the country in promoting this historic American pastime. The Kansas City region has a long history of baseball and programs like this help us share that with a new generation.”

The Play Ball Challenge is free and will run 8:30 to 11 a.m. Aug. 5 at the complex off East Salisbury Road. Student-athletes ages 7-14 will compete in four age and gender groups in a Pitch, Hit, Run event. The winners in the eight categories will be awarded trophies. The first 100 participants will be given a commemorative medal, an Adventure Oasis youth pass and will be entered to win two Royals tickets.

You can learn more about the USCM Play Ball Summer initiative at To learn more about the Independence Parks, Recreation and Tourism department and programs visit