As the Senior League Softball World Series in Roxana nears, it’s important to stress once again what a feather this is in our collective caps.
For one week out of the year, the Pyle Center is the epicenter of the softball universe, as teams from around the world arrive to put their talent and determination to the test against the best softball players that Little League has to offer. ESPN will again be covering the event this year, and media from parts around the globe will be filling their notebooks and videotapes with descriptions of our little community.
This is a terrific event. The softball is played at an amazingly high level, the volunteers provide an atmosphere that is both competitive and enjoyable, and the fans are rabid and knowledgeable. For the girls who participate on the field, this may be their crowning athletic acheivement in life. For the rest of us, it is a unique opportunity to showcase all that this area has to offer.
Organizers from Lower Sussex Little League and District III in general do an unbelievable job with the Series every year — and the experience itself has improved each year under their watch. Contributions from individuals, organizations and businesses keep the Series a reality every year, and there is a general feel in the air during the annual event that this is a collective effort by the entire community.
And it is.
In order to keep this event in our area every year, it’s up to all of us to make it as good of an event as we can. That involves volunteering to help out at the Series, making financial contributions when possible and generally throwing our hats into the ring to make it a special time for both the young athletes participating and for the fans who come out to enjoy the action.
We are a community filled with people who enjoy helping others. Charitable organizations do a good job raising money for local scholarships and people with health or financial struggles, and it is mind-blowing to see the amount of people who volunteer for nearly every event that is held within our community.
We ask that everyone chips in to this great event to ensure that it stays right here, and continues to improve every summer.
To find out about volunteer opportunities for the Senior League Softball World Series, or to make a financial contribution, call Bruce Layton at 539-4768.