Colts come riding into Arvada

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Summer means America’s favorite pastime is back.

The Arvada Colts are a baseball team made up of home-grown college athletes as well as those in the same age range from around the United States.

The team is a member of the Rocky Mountain Baseball League, which is made up of 12 teams.

“We have 25 kids — all of whom must be college eligible athletes — who are on the team, and it gives them a chance to play during the summer,” said Tommy Skul, president of the Arvada Colts.

The Colts’ season opener will be Friday, May 31, at Long Lake Ranch. The team is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Players, coaches, board members do not get paid. The team relies on fundraisers and sponsors to get through the season.

There is also a host family program for players who come from out of state. One of those sponsors is Jerry Marks, owner of Custom Environmental Services and chairman of the Arvada Chamber of Commerce.

“I’ve always been a big fan of baseball, so we help to promote them anyway we can,” Marks said. “They’ve gotten bigger each year, and more of a following every year.”

A big part of the work the team does is actually off the field, according to Skul. Players do camps with the Boys and Girls club and work at the APEX Center.

“We want to create an experience where the players can really add to their resume, and use us to find jobs,” Skul said.

“From talking to the players over the past three years, it’s something that they have a great time doing.”

The community has taken the team to its heart, Skul added, saying that the players feel adopted by Arvada by the end of the season.

The Arvada Colts play about 50 games in 56 days, and all the games are free.

“On a Friday or Saturday night, it’s great to get to go see a baseball game for free and enjoy the season,” Marks said.

For more information, including the team’s schedule, go to www.arvadacolts.com.