Letters to the Editor

Langley team members were great ambassadors

Editor: Please allow me to share with the Langley community the thoughts, from a team host’s perspective, of the team that represented your community at the 2011 Little League World Series.

Back in June when Little League Baseball International Headquarters held the annual World Series Luncheon to determine which team host, “team uncle” in Little League parlance, would be involved with which team, I was fortunate to draw Team Canada.

Every “team uncle” who has previously hosted the Canadian national champions told me that I would be in for a wonderful time during the World Series. Every comment that was passed on to me was absolutely true.

From the moment the team arrived in Williamsport, specifically, InternationalGrove, until their departure for home, the coaches and young men conducted themselves with great class. This team represented their league, community, country, and most importantly, their family name with great dignity and respect.

During the World Series, I had the opportunity to meet some of the most wonderful parents. These were parents who made tremendous sacrifices so that they could experience this once in a lifetime event — watching their son have the privilege of playing at Volunteer and Lamade Stadiums.

I told the team that they had to earn their way onto Lamade Stadium. Well, they did by making Canadian Little League Baseball history — beating Chinese Taipei. I still think of that game.

I feel honoured and consider it a privilege to be one of 32 Little League World Series team hosts. I can’t begin to express my sincere gratitude to the team and to the families for allowing me to share part of a magical summer with them.

Furthermore, thank you to the coaches. I can’t say enough good things about them, and the players, for everything they did for my daughter. I know she will never forget them.

I know from what my daughter tells me that Team Canada has been her favourite. I hope in some way, however small that may be, that “Uncle” Stan and I made your visit to Williamsport just a little more enjoyable. I would be proud to call any one of these young men my son.

You all can be very proud of the 2011 Little League World Series participants from Langley.

“Uncle” Marlin Cromley,

Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Editor’s note — Following their trip to Williamsport, the Canadian team from Langley is now planning a trip to Uganda to play the team from that African country which qualified to go to Williamsport, but was unable to get into the country, due to immigration regulations. Funds are being raised to help support this trip, which is planned for January.

For more information, go to www.righttoplay.com and click on the Canada-Uganda Challenge: Let Them Play!

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