Kneeling from left to right: coach Gary Nichols, Damani Boughton, Darias Sance and coach Thomas Gary; Middle row: Jaden Sance, Andrew Nichols, Keyonn Martin, Devon Gordon, Jordan Thomas, Nicolas Kaumbulu-Docherty; Back row: Kae-Jhun Randle, Moises Araica, Dorjon Gordon, Roderick Jones, Giovanni Campbell, Bill Savage, Pat Jones, Genaro Raya, and Isaac Jones III. Photo courtesy of Richmond Little League Baseball & Softball.
Richmond youth are ready to play ball, and Richmond Little League Baseball and Softball is here to serve them.
For the last five years, the Little League has partnered with agencies such as Richmond Police Activities League (PAL), YMCA and Richmond Parks and Recreation to bring organized baseball and softball to more than 400 youth.
“A lot of people still don’t know Richmond has a league. Their kids are playing for divisions in neighboring cities like San Pablo, Hercules and even El Cerrito. We want people to know that Richmond Little League is here. We have free fields courtesy of the City of Richmond and have the most affordably priced entry fees,” said Thomas Gary, vice president of the Richmond Little League.
Gary has been involved with the organization for four years volunteering and currently coaching in the Triple A Division, working with youth between the ages of 9-10.
“Richmond residents need to know that our parks are safe havens for our children. We have not had one incident on our field. What we are dealing with here in the streets doesn’t come over into our parks. Your kids are safe and can enjoy baseball right here in the city of Richmond,” Gary said.
Interested youth are encouraged to sign up by Friday March 1 at the Richmond PAL, YMCA or Richmond Parks and Recreation offices. The Little League has a limited number of openings for sign-ups in all divisions.
The Little League is also seeking sponsors for the 2013 season. This year they are trying to rally local businesses and groups to help provide new uniforms for each child. For more information, contact Thomas Gary at 510-772-3129 or Mark Torres, President of the Richmond Little League Baseball & Softball at 510-427-4254.
Kia Croom is a contributing writer for the Richmond Post.