Ann Arbor Rec & Ed will be hosting the fourth annual Opening Day Celebration and Parade of Athletes for our coach pitch Youth Baseball/Softball leagues at Veterans Memorial Park on Saturday, June 14th beginning at 8:30 a.m.
“Rec & Ed’s Opening Day Celebration is a true community event for the younger participants in our Youth Baseball/Softball Program,” said Larry L. Dishman, Team Sports Coordinator. “We try to incorporate many of the traditions of Major League Baseball’s opening day in a kid-friendly way.”
|This Rec & Ed baseball team was ready to play ball |
at last year's Opening Day Celebration.
A special guest superhero will be on hand from 8:45 - 10:15 a.m. for photos and entertainment. He will also throw the ceremonial first pitch at 9:45 a.m. to officially kick off the 2014 Rec & Ed Youth Baseball/Softball Season.
Parents, grandparents and friends of ballplayers are strongly encouraged to bring their cameras.
Samantha West of the band All Directions will be singing the national anthem and lead the crowd in a rousing rendition of “Take Me out to the Ball Game.”
What would opening day be like without some ballpark snacks? New Opening Day sponsors Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt and Noodles and Co. will be on hand with giveaways. Dashing Dogs will once again be selling Michigan-made hot dogs and potato chips. A portion of the Dashing Dogs proceeds will be donated to the Rec & Ed Youth Sports Scholarship Fund.
For more information on the event please contact Seth Dodson at Dodsons@aaps.k12.mi.us or visit www.aareced.com.