Sports

As you approach the baseball field in the East Hills Park, you can hear cheering as the children run to home plate. It's a wonderful sound heard throughout the fields: "Come On - You Can do It."

Every Sunday, weather permitting, the Challenger Division Little League gets together to play ball. Since 2007, Eric Kobrick and Marty Litt have joined together to bring boys and girls, 5-18 with special needs and Roslyn High School students into this heartwarming league. Their dedication to the players and love for the game shines through with every pitch.

Everyone is welcome to play together. There are about 50 Roslyn High School volunteers who come out on Sunday mornings, 10:30 a.m. to noon, to help guide and play with 35 or so young baseball players. There are bats, balls and tees handed out so everyone can get involved. "Let the Games Begin" as the excitement builds while the players throw, catch and run around the bases, ultimately arriving at home plate...to score!

During this time, the children get a chance to experience an activity that is enjoyable, while receiving guidance from the volunteers. For the parents, it's time to sit on the sidelines, watching their children learn, participate and, most importantly, have a lot of fun. And for the Roslyn High School students, it's a chance to assist and teach these special players.

Eric and Marty (Mr. Kobrick and Mr. Litt) are dedicated, caring men, bonding together to make sure that "all" the children get to "Play Ball." Their sport and love of the game has been an inspiration to all of us who come out and play each Sunday at the beautiful East Hills Park. They obtained the full support of Mayor Michael R. Koblenz who, upon being asked, immediately and enthusiastically waived all fees for the fields.

This baseball league is played in the fall and spring. The league started on April 5, but special-needs children and volunteers are still welcome. Please check wwwRoslynlittleleague.org for further information.


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