Tuesday, August 7, 2012
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – The St. John Parish Department of Parks and Recreation hosted an end-of–the-season social for the 2012 Dizzy Dean Youth Recreation baseball teams and their families, Friday, July 3, at REGALA Gym in Reserve. Parish President Natalie Robottom, Parks and Recreation Director Terrence Jones and coaches presented certificates and medals to each athlete for their participation in the 2012 season which consisted of (5) Tee-ball teams, three (3) 7-8 teams, three (3) 9-10 teams, three (3) 11-12 teams, and two (2) 13-14 teams. During the season, games were played Monday through Thursday at REGALA Park in Reserve and at Ezekiel Jackson Park in Garyville.
“The social was geared toward acknowledging the youth who participated in our baseball program, a snapshot of what is truly important, utilizing sports to help instill a sense of teamwork, all while having fun,” said Parks and Recreation Director, Terrence Jones.
Council Members Jaclyn Hotard, Larry Snyder, Art Smith and Marvin Perrilloux were in attendance to support the program and the youth. Snyder told attendees that sports play a vital role in teaching youth about “commitment” and “character.” He also thanked the parents for their dedication- “it takes a lot to get the kids here.”
At the conclusion of the regular season, All-Star teams were selected to participate in the state tournaments. As a result of their success, the St. John Recreation All-Star teams were recognized for placing first and second in the Dizzy Dean State Tournament. The 8 and 11 year old teams were given special honors for placing in the World Series Championship. The 8-year-old All-Star team won its consolation bracket and the 11-year-old All-Star Team won the Dizzy Dean World Series Championship.
Parish President Natalie Robottom congratulated all the teams on their achievements and commended the Recreation Department on “moving forward” in working together and creating a better Recreation program.
The Department held a baseball clinic for the first time in April where approximately seventy (70) 5-14 year olds received instruction in throwing, fielding and catching techniques led by a local athlete and former Major League Baseball player. “These events are steps the department is taking toward building quality athletic programs for our residents, not just teams,” Jones added. In addition to the baseball clinic, other programs to help improve skills have been held throughout the year.
For more information on upcoming programs, visit sjbparish.com, or call the St. John Department of Parks and Recreation at 652-9569.