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I was thrilled to attend an event last night at Kimberly Rock Athletic Fields, home to Rumford Little League. The event was organized by the City of East Providence and the Pawtucket Red Sox, and involved three local East Providence Little League organizations – Rumford, East Providence Central, and Riverside. The Pawtucket Red Sox, through their “Acts of Kindness” program, continue to support the efforts of local baseball programs that encourage youth athletes to participate and learn the game of baseball. Last night, the Pawtucket Red Sox and PawSox Foundation presented a check for $5,000 to these three East Providence Little Leagues to provide financial assistance for those families in need.
In attendance for this ceremony were youth baseball players from Rumford, Riverside, and East Providence Central Little Leagues. Pawtucket Red Sox Baseball Operations Director, Joe Bradlee, and his staff presented the check. Mayor of East Providence, Bob DaSilva, greeted the crowd and gave an impassioned speech about the importance of youth sports and community pride. Pawtucket Red Sox mascots Paws and Sox delighted the crowd, as always, and got the kids laughing and having fun. Rumford Little League was represented by Ed Wencis. East Providence Little League was represented by Chuck Michael. Riverside Little League’s Brian Rutkowski was unable to attend but was represented by Kim Sorrentino.
After the ceremony, a Tee Ball game began at Rumford’s Lindberg Field. The field was in top condition and the players sprinted out to their positions. Parents took their place in the stands or on the field assisting Tee Ball coaches. The weather was perfect for a late afternoon baseball game. And the event was a huge success in the community of East Providence, RI.
It was a pleasure meeting Mayor DaSilva and learning more about his city and its prospects for the future of youth sports. As a fellow parent, I really felt his passion and devotion to making sure his community gets involved in sports like baseball and soccer, especially at a young age. This $5,000 scholarship check will go a long way to ensure that families in need can indeed participate in youth sports, like baseball, and provide their son or daughter that opportunity to learn the game of baseball. I commend the Pawtucket Red Sox organization for being a valuable community leader and for their continued “Acts of Kindness” program which helps Rhode Island youth create their own Rhode Island Baseball Experiences.