Why Little League Matters

On Saturday I witnessed a glorious thing. I was across the street with a Hopeworks youth, DJ, and we heard the clamor going on outside. Drums, lots of instruments, and parents honking car horns bringing up the rear. It was the North Camden Little League parade, which went all the way from City Hall downtown to Pyne Poynt Park in North Camden along the Cooper River. It was a grand statement of 225 kids and their parents. It was about more than just kids playing baseball, it was the rejuvenation of a sports league that had disappeared. The parade said- what’s most important are the kids, and this is for them. Poverty doesn’t have to mean a diminished lifestyle. At the park, kids were running around without a care, which they don’t normally get to do playing in the unsafe streets. It was an all day event at the park, which is not always used for positive purposes. Even though Camden is inextricably disinvested, community can thrive regardless of the city budget.

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