Babe Ruth World Series: A True Community Effort

I have been fortunate over the last several years to participate in the opening ceremonies of three Babe Ruth World Series. Each and every time I am just so encouraged and enthused about these young men, their families and the energy they bring to a sport they love so much.

This year's series involves the 13 to 15 year old age group. Teams come to Purcellville from as far away as Washington State and California. Along with them are their coaches, managers and family. It is always nice to have the chance to meet with and talk with the families. Inevitably they tell me how beautiful Fireman's Field is and how wonderfully nice the folks they meet along the way at the Series are to them.

Last, but not least, the organizing committee and host families do such a great job in ensuring that these young men and their families will have memories to cherish forever. An event like this is no small undertaking, from our colleagues at the County who manicure the field to perfection (some people actually think it is a turf field) to our own Town staff and all the volunteers it is a true team effort.

Special this year is the tribute to the late Don Rose, Sr. who gave literally decades of his time to youth sports in our community. We will be dedicating a plaque to Don in memory of what he has accomplished. The real monument to Don is not the plaque itself, but in the lives he touched over the years and how those young people are now giving back as volunteers, coaches, managers etc.

I urge you to take the time to visit Fireman's Field and take in a game or two. Root on not only our Loudoun team, but all the young men who have made some truly long journeys to be here. You never know, a couple of years you may see them on television playing for our hometown Nationals or Orioles.

The series schedule can be found at

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