Playing in North American Indigenous Games fulfils grandparents dream

Logan Syrette has a lot to thank his grandparents for. The 16-year-old was encouraged by his grandfather Bob to one day try out for the Team Ontario baseball squad for the North American Indigenous Games. Although Bob passed away, Syrette’s grandmother Melinda was in the stands cheering him on in his NAIG debut.“She’s the one that basically made me and my brother who we are today,” he said of his grandmother, who took Syrette and his brother in when their mother abandoned them.“(My mom) asked my grandmother if she can watch us, and she never came back.“I have seen her before, but, (we) don’t really have that bond anymore.”Syrette’s grandmother saved thousands of dollars for him to come to NAIG, not just to play, but to enjoy his time in the city.Article Continued Below“You know how expensive it is in Toronto,” he said.Syrette, who is Cree and Ojibway, is from the Batchewana nation, and grew up on the Rankin reserve near Sault Ste. Marie. Being at the opening ceremonies on Sunday night made him realize how expansive the Games are.“I was really shocked…when I made the team I didn’t think it was going to be that big, but when I actually went there, it was way bigger than I thought.”