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Letter to the Editor

Writer Expresses Gratitude for Community Support of Dixie Youth Team

web posted August 2, 2012

Dear Editor,
In all my years of coaching youth baseball I've never witnessed the amount of community support our Edgefield All-Star team recently enjoyed during its run to the Dixie Youth Baseball State Tournament. Starting with the parents, who were always there when we needed help, we simply would not have experienced this level of success. 

From Jennifer Godfrey who handled our uniforms, transportation and served as our team "Mom", to Joel and Susan Jolly who made generous cash donations.  Jon Prince supplied our team with a covered trailer when it became apparent we would need to take enough gear, drinks and supplies for at least 4 days. Nick Wates and Scott Mims played instrumental roles in the success of this trip. These men not only made the trip to Florence but scheduled meals for our team and did a great job making sure our equipment and drinks were in the dugout prior to game time.

I would like to thank the dozens of individuals who donated money and bought raffle tickets for our gun give-away. Our local businesses also contributed generously.  Pendarvis Chevrolet, Herlong Ford, Edgefield Fuel Supply, Brad Kovar and Heritage Hardware all made substantial donations. The National Wild Turkey Federation provided a suburban for transportation and several other items throughout the season. 

The Town of Edgefield was kind enough to allow us to hold our "Meet the Team" night on the square, thanks to Mayor Ken Durham and the entire Town Council. David Coleman and his crew are to be commended for their help throughout the season and for the way they kept the fields maintained during our practice weeks leading up to the tournament.

I would also like to thank Richard Wates and Dean Childress, who coached our team with dignity and class. Dixie Youth Baseball is one of the few remaining youth baseball organizations that still promotes the Christian faith and strives to instill a sense of community pride in its players. Coach Wates ended each practice and game with a word of prayer and for this, I'm truly grateful.

I would be remiss if I failed to mention Edgefield Daily and the opportunity they give our league each year. Since we began submitting features to Edgefield Daily, I've heard numerous times how much our parents and players appreciate reading about the games on line.

The success our team enjoyed this summer didn't happen overnight. It began years ago in backyards and on baseball fields throughout our county with not much more than a bat, a glove, a ball and a dream. For several Edgefield County youth, that dream became a reality this season, which without the support of this community, would not have happened. The number of people who helped this team prevents me from listing each of you by name, but know that our players, coaches and parents all appreciate your support.

John L Brown Jr.
Edgefield Dixie Youth Baseball

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