The City of Greenville plans to hold a recognition ceremony for the Greenville North State all-star team on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Elm Street Park.
The ceremony will begin with an introduction of the team, which faces Texas on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. for the U.S. championship in the Little League World Series. A win would put North State in Sunday’s LLWS title against either Japan or Mexico.
“We have been in contact with representatives from the team and Greenville Little Leagues, and they are thrilled with the way this community has rallied around them,” Greenville Communications Manager Brock Letchworth said. “Additionally, they are supportive of the idea of ending their amazing run at the place that has been like a home away from home for them each baseball season.”
Food vendors will be on site for the ceremony, and a brief autograph session will be held following the program.
There will be reserved seating for the players’ families and dignitaries, but all other seating and standing room will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
District 5 Councilman and mayoral candidate P.J. Connelly said he “can’t wait” for Wednesday’s event to honor the team.
“I’m really looking forward to this,” said Connelly, who played professional baseball. “This is a well-deserved honor for these guys … they have played their hearts out and I’m amazed at how well they have played knowing that they are on the national stage with millions of people watching.”
Connelly said the North State team have been “tremendous ambassadors” for the Greenville.
“This has been such a great thing for this city,” Connelly said. “So many people are watching this and are hearing about Greenville. It’s great exposure for us and is really exciting.”
Greenville’s Recreation and Parks Department has received numerous calls during the past week from residents inquiring about how they could make a donation to the team, the release said. Anyone interested in making a donation is asked to mail it to:
Greenville Little Leagues
P.O. Box 4263
Greenville, NC 27836
For those who plan to attend the event the city issued the following reminders:
• The event is free and open to the public;
• It is recommended that attendees arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the start time
The parking lots at Elm Street Park also will be reserved for the players’ families, VIPs and vendors.
Parking for the general public will be available along Elm Street including at the Drew Steele Center,, First Presbyterian Church, C.M. Eppes Middle School, and Elmhurst Elementary School.