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LETTER: Volunteers made Little League event a success

— LETTER: Volunteers made Little League event a success

To the editor:

I had the distinct pleasure of witnessing a very professionally run baseball tournament held at Central Park in Cicero last week. For those who missed it, it was spectacular. Six Little League teams from all over the state of New York, including Colonie, East Meadow, Wappinger Falls, Throgs Neck, Grand Island and Whitestown, competed in the New York State Little League Championship to gain entry to the Mid-Atlantic Division in the 2014 Little League World Series. The event went off without a hitch — well, maybe until the rains on Sunday morning that dampened but didn’t deter the enthusiasm of volunteers set on getting the field in condition to play the championship game.

The event was organized by Dan Cavallo, District No. 8 administrator of 30-plus years, along with his very able-bodied staff and umpiring crew, in partnership with Cicero Little League under the leadership of George Lonergan, president, and his crew of volunteers. These volunteers were amazing. For the six days and 11 games, they were present at the field, missing work, taking personal time or vacation to showcase just one piece of what this community has to offer. I had the opportunity to wander through the crowds of spectators and listen to the comments. All were complimentary; great fields and park amenities close by, friendly and reactive volunteers not only for the competition but for the field and concession stands. Many volunteers took time to give directions or offered suggestions for places to visit or eat for the visiting teams to occupy time away from the competition during the week.

So I want to compliment the many hands who helped in some way big or small to present the best that Cicero is. I also thank the Cicero highway and parks staff who did their part prior to the event to spruce up the grounds. Every little nuance made for a better event. Let’s keep working together to bring events like this to Cicero for the community’s benefit as ambassadors of Cicero, athletically and economically. Great job and now you can all rest until spring, or maybe fall ball.

JODY RODGERS

CICERO PARKS AND RECREATION DIRECTOR

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