Advocacy group Champions for Ottawa Baseball announced a new campaign to get kids charities involved in bringing AA baseball to Ottawa.

From now until May 11, small and medium-sized businesses can make a refundable deposit on youth season tickets that will be donated to charitable organizations, such as United Way and Big Brothers Big Sisters Ottawa.

Champions founder David Gourlay said the campaign will show how serious Ottawa is about having a Toronto Blue Jays affiliate team play at the Ottawa Stadium. Last month, Gourlay launched a ticket drive to promote the effort and show the Toronto Blue Jays that Ottawa is serious about having an affiliate team here.

“The announcement we’re doing today is really about the kids,” said Gourlay.

“It’s really to ensure they have a voice. We want to make sure kids form different organizations that are represented by the charitable sector have a voice and they enjoy games next year.”

Tamarack Developments, McLarty & Co., Capital Dodge, BFI Canada Inc., and Sonshine Auto Parts are among the first business to commit to the campaign, and more are on the way, Gourlay said.

He said Thursday he has collected almost half of the 2,500 ticket deposits for the drive.

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