A fellow North Kingstown Wickford Little League coach and friend of mine sent me a great email last night. Coach Dave Andrews has been coaching with me (and against me) for close to 5 years now. He and I worked together this fall for NKW Friendship Tournaments and Juniors Division Fall Baseball. Dave is a proud member of the Veteran Service Corps and serves as their secretary. His charitable work includes Rhode Island but also a special project in South Dakota. Here is more from Dave Andrews:
Veteran Service Corps secretary and North Kingstown/Wickford Little League coach Dave Andrews presented NKWLL President Arnie Sarazen with a certificate of appreciation in recognition of the leagues generous contribution of sports equipment and uniforms to the Cheyenne River Sioux (Lakota) Tribe in South Dakota. VSC is working with the tribe to help promote healthy choices for youth and to combat youth suicide.
Veteran Service Corps (VSC) teamed up with Rochelle Ripley and her organization hawkwing, Inc.(www.hawkwing.org) and the Tolland, CT Little League to collect equipment. hawkwing collects donations and sends Christmas gifts, care packages, and other necessities to the reservation twice a year. The donated sports equipment and uniforms were sent off to the reservation on tractor trailer trucks donated by World Fulfillment Logistics. All of this was coordinated through Rochelle and hawkwing.
Veteran Service Corps is a non-profit organization whose mission is to engage veterans, out of their shared oath of service to our country, to improve our communities and protect constitutional rights. VSC has been given stewardship of a 29-acre property by the Cheyenne River tribe in Promise South Dakota. They are currently working to refurbish the ranch house on the property and make it 100% energy independent with renewable sources. Once this is accomplished, VSC will offer classes and certification in the installation of solar systems to tribal members and veterans, in addition to other programs that they are developing and carrying out. The organization is working to create additional chapters. Donations to VSC can be made at their website https://www.vscamerica.org/get-involved/donate/.
(The photos I included are of me and Arnie, the equipment donated by NKW, a phot of me, Rochelle, and my daughter Francesca when we delivered the equipment to Rochelle’s warehouse in CT where it was loaded up to send to SD, and a picture of all the equipment loaded on a truck on the reservation)
The RIBBE is The Rhode Island Baseball Experience. It is promoting the game of baseball here in the great state of Rhode Island for the entire baseball world to see. The RIBBE is positive stories, photos, videos, and responsible social media posts. The RIBBE is an information resource for families looking for an AAU team or a summer camp or a great place to buy a first baseman’s mitt. The RIBBE is a network of coaches, tournament directors, parents, leagues, and baseball junkies whose passion of the game of baseball is unquestioned. I believe that providing expert analysis, information and directions to ballfields, and coaching advice from some of the top RI baseball minds will help promote the game of baseball here in RI to a whole new level.