ROCHELLE — Local Rochelle Little League baseball players, coaches and fans are all encouraged to turn out for this Saturday’s opening day ceremonies at the Little League complex on Eighth Avenue.
The event marks the 60th anniversary of the organization and many exciting activities are planned for the day. Several ball games are on tap at all levels throughout the day following the ceremonies that begin at 9 a.m.
In addition to the singing of the National Anthem and introduction of all the teams, other ceremonies include the throwing out of the first pitch by representatives of the four original team sponsors— Rotary, Moose, Kiwanis and VFW.
Weather permitting, skydivers from the Chicago Skydiving Center are planning to sky dive onto the field to kick off the event. Players and fans will also enjoy the third annual exhibition Vintage game between a team of coaches vs. the Creston Regulators.
“Our goal is to get all the players, coaches and fans out for Saturday’s celebration,” said Little League president Dave Reish. “We have a lot of fun family entertainment scheduled, as well as T-shirt giveaways for the kids and great food for everyone all day. We really want to pack the place for this special occasion and show what an impact our program has on the community.”
Reish is also reminding all players and coaches that the fundraising sign up sheets and money need to be turned in on Saturday morning.
Players of all levels have been selling special 3-month subscriptions to the Rochelle News-Leader for the past month as part of a fundraiser for Little League. For every subscription sold, Little League will receive $8 and players have a chance to win some terrific prizes.
“The News-Leader will have a table set up on Saturday morning to collect all the fundraising materials, but we would like the coaches to try to organize and turn in their entire team in one packet if possible to make it easier,” Reish said. “This is a good deal for everyone and helps us keep our participation fees down.”