Sunday afternoons have a new meaning for dozens of Muslim families in the GTA, since the start of this summer’s Brotherhood Softball League. What began as pick-up games last year, has now taken a life of its own with a league as professional as they come! Over 72 players from all over the GTA step on to the field in Mississauga every week. Donning team uniforms boasting the names of big Muslim dynasties representing strength and excellence, the bearded men bring a special flare to the game offering thrilling excitement and fierce competition. If you think ‘brotherhood’ implies a peaceful tossing around of the ball, you’ve got another thing coming! These boys mean business when it comes to sport! Every game comes packed with entertainment, and the highlight is the brothers who back up their talk with talent! The aggression on the field is unmatched as sparks fly between players, and the passionate teams battle it out for the championship title.
The league consists of six teams, who play each other in two rounds, followed by the play offs in September. Check out their impressive website where you can find updated team stats and detailed player information along with top notch media and follow up videos of player interviews! While you’re on it, you can look up some familiar names, because the who’s who of GTA’s Muslim athletes are all bringing their A-game to the brotherhood league! What makes it really interesting is that some of these guys are playing softball for the first time in their lives, so you’ll get to see some fancy footwork at the plate, but I assure you, even the rookies have some serious swag!
The highlight of the Brotherhood Softball League website is their weekly rumor blog! Known for its creative insight on players and the intelligent banter that follows the games, it’s become the most anticipated part of the week and a huge fan favorite!
But aside from the entertainment, the league brings a stronger sense of purpose with it. This past weekend they held a charity carnival at the park where friends and family all came out to support the players while enjoying a day of food, treats, activities, and captivating live commentary. In an interview between innings, Zahid Merchant, founder and commissioner of the Brotherhood Softball League, told Lanterns that “BSL is a unique league where we offer our players an Islamic environment but also a professional experience leveraging media, statistics, and commentary. We built this league to build brotherhood among like-minded Muslims. Our aim is to grow the sport while giving back to the community through raising awareness and money for local Muslim charitable groups.” Zahid adds, “BSL is a non-profit organization and every team in the league has selected a charity they are playing for. All proceeds from the carnival and league will go towards the charity of the winning team’s choice.”
Brotherhood Softball has stepped up to showcase some real talent. Whether it’s the players on the field, or the remarkable organization of the league, both are equally impressive. One thing is for sure, you’ll see ample doses of brotherhood as players huddle up and start games on a loud and thundering “Allahu Akbar” and it’s not surprising to see the boys gather for salaat in between innings. If you’re a fan of the sport, come and watch Muslim brothers take on the summer with their impressive batting and intelligent plays, a lot of enthusiastic interaction, and of course, the well-earned bragging rights for the winning team!
Follow BSL on line for game details at www.brotherhoodsoftball.com and join their Twitter and Facebook page for fan updates!