The Little League World Series

Frank Hernandez Allen Reitmeier, Ed O’Brien, Juan Chapa, and David Dybala on the job at Valley Ridge

For the past four years, a Class “A” little league World Series has been played in Cedar Hill and has been directed and managed by the Cedar Hill Baseball Association.  The Knights of Columbus of this Council has provided concessions for nearly all the games played during these World Series tournaments the past four years.  Each year the number of teams participating has grown along with the number of games played and thus revenue has grown each year as well.  Of course along with the growth in revenue comes a need for more and more volunteer hours to properly man these concessions stands.  Last year alone there were approximately 165 games played at Valley Ridge Park, Dot Thomas Park, Parkerville Park and the Community Center during the five days of the World Series.  Seventy-one teams from around the area and neighboring states participated in last year’s World Series event.  Nearly half of the revenue generated by the Knights during the spring baseball season comes from this one event.

Frank Hernandez
Frank Hernandez in front of the concession stand at Valley Ridge

Again this year the Class “A” little league World Series will be played in Cedar Hill from June 26th thru June 30th at the above named four locations.  John Hurst, president of the Cedar Hill Baseball Association, is expecting close to 100 teams to participate in this year’s World Series – that would be the maximum number of allowed teams.  To properly man these concession stands we will need approximately 468 man/hours of volunteer time.  It’s breaks down to 104 work shifts of approximately 4.5hrs each.  While some Knights have already said they would work multiple shifts, we will still need every available Knight to contribute as many hours as they can to make this event a success.

Allen Reitmeier

Allen Reitmeier is the Knight who coordinates all the activities involving operating these concession stands and will shortly be sending e-mails to every Knight that can potentially work at this World Series.  The Knights of Columbus asks that each Knight receiving one of these e-mails give Allen the courtesy of responding either yes or no as soon as possible to give Allen time to find a replacement if you cannot work a particular shift.  Working at this event is both exciting (the constant flow of customers) and tiring (the constant flow of customers); but know that by participating you will have played a vital and active role in supporting all the charitable activities of this Council.

Youth enjoying the game of baseball