If you’re wondering why a bunch of parents and kids are strutting down Grand Street today (4/29), the Williamsburg Sports League is kicking off the summer baseball season with their fourth annual parade. Players, coaches, parents, and local neighbors will participate in the parade, flaunting their team spirit to the max. The parade will start at 9am at the Grand Street Campus(850 Grand Street @ Bushwick) and will end at Lindsay Park (Montrose & Lorimer) with a special First Pitch. Check out the parade’s Facebook event for more info.
From the Williamsburg Sports League:
The WSL was established in 2012. It was the high point of 30 years hard work when two long standing neighborhood leagues merged. The Roberto Clemente, and the Lindsay Park Kids against Drugs, leagues came together in an effort to meet the desperate demand of the North Brooklyn community. Today the Williamsburg Sports League services over 1000 kids from the ages of 4 through 14, with close to 40 teams including a girls’ softball division.
League commissioner Tommy Torres said, “I got my first start with the ‘Lindsay Park Kids against Drugs League’ when I was a kid. Baseball was my outlet to the social ills that surrounded me. I learned from my coaches, if wanted to play I had to do well in school, and get along with others. Sports saved my life! I received a full athletic scholarship. Today, I can proudly say I am an Assistant Principal by profession.” Torres continued, “Our mission with this league is not only to offer our youth the opportunity to participate in an organized sport but to positively influence children, and their families with a program that teaches solid fundamental skills, promotes academic achievement, and social responsibility.”