The Hyannis Athletic Association is a nonprofit volunteer organization that oversees the year-round support and operation of the Hyannis Harbor Hawks. Through fundraising efforts and thousands of hours donated by an all-volunteer membership, the H.A.A. works behind the scenes at McKeon Park and in the community to ensure that the Harbor Hawks are counted among the premier franchises in the Cape Cod Baseball League.
Volunteers with the H.A.A. perform a myriad of tasks that are necessary to field a Cape League team. They house players in the summer, hire coaches for the team, find jobs for players in the community, and oversee capital improvement projects at McKeon Park. At each game, they collect gate donations and sell 50/50 raffle tickets, perform grounds maintenance and cleanup, operate the team’s merchandise mart, and promote upcoming team and league events.
The H.A.A. is an active community supporter, from its membership in the Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce to the Harbor Hawks’ free annual youth clinic at McKeon Park. In addition to awarding an annual scholarship to a Barnstable High School student whose extracurricular activities exemplify a spirit of volunteerism and a love for sports, the H.A.A. also awards weekly “scholarships” for its youth clinics to local elementary school students from lower-income families.
To promote the organization through community improvement projects at McKeon Park, the H.A.A. seeks out and receives competitive grants from a variety of prestigious groups. In 2005, the organization was selected as co-recipient of a $300,000 grant awarded by the Yawkey Foundation for improvements to Cape Cod Baseball League diamonds. In partnership with Pope John Paul II High School, co-tenants of the town-owned McKeon Park along with the Harbor Hawks, the H.A.A. set plans in motion to return night baseball to Hyannis with a state-of-the-art lighting system, made operational for the 2008 CCBL season.
McKeon Park has undergone a dramatic transformation over the last decade through the hard work and dedication of the H.A.A. New bleachers have been added along with a landscaped seating section down the left field line, dubbed “Aylmer’s Alley” in honor of team founder Jack Aylmer, that offers some of the best sight lines in the Cape League. Other improvements include a rosebush berm along the main entrance to the park, a batting tunnel behind home plate, and an improved public address system.
In 2010, the H.A.A. added a new scoreboard (below) to McKeon Park through the generous support of the Hyannis Rotary Club and Eye Health Services, with special thanks to past H.A.A. president Randy Shepard. The organization also moved to complete a two-year expansion of the park’s press box, more than doubling the total indoor space while improving service for concessions and souvenir patrons.
The members of the Hyannis Athletic Association are its driving forces. Whether you can give your time and effort or become an annual dues-paying member, your support will benefit the Harbor Hawks and the entire Town of Barnstable. Join now and become a valued supporter of the best amateur baseball in the nation!