Community raises $12,000 for team's trip
By James Peacemaker, Jr. Managing Editor
Aug 8, 2014, 11:33
JAMES PEACEMAKER JR./HOPEWELL NEWS/NEWS-PATRIOT Colonial Heights Mayor Scott Davis and David Wells of the Optimist Club wish the All-Stars luck at the Dixie Youth Baseball World Series during a ceremony Tuesday at Shepherd Stadium.
COLONIAL HEIGHTS — The Colonial Heights 11-12 year old All-Star team will be going to the Dixie Youth Baseball World Series in Lexington, S.C., starting this weekend.
It took a lot of practice to win, but now they have also gotten a lot of financial help to get there as well.
The community raised more than $12,000 in just a couple weeks and the city chipped in another $1,000 to help with expenses related to the trip.
A ceremony was held Tuesday evening at Shepherd Stadium during the BIB Tournament to recognize the team. This is the first time a Colonial Heights team has advanced to a World Series.
David Wells of the Colonial Heights Optimist Club said it took a lot of practice to get here.
“Most of you I have known since 4 or 5 years old,” he said.
Their first game is Saturday, Aug. 9, at 3:30 p.m. against Tennessee.
“We’re very excited, very proud of these kids,” said Recreation and Parks Director Craig Skalak.
He also thanked the community for raising the money.
Colonial Heights Mayor Scott Davis said the players will serve as ambassadors while they are at the tournament.
“You not only will represent the City of Colonial Heights but the Commonwealth of Virginia,” he said.