April 7, 2017, Glen Cove, NY… Just like opening day for the New York Yankees and Mets, Glen Cove’s Gold Coast Little League has a big day planned for the league’s talented boys and girls. On Saturday, April 22, the opening day parade kicks off at 10 a.m. from the Finley Middle School with children marching in their uniforms down Forest Avenue and Brewster Street to John Maccarone Memorial (City) Stadium on Morris Avenue. At 10:30 a.m. Mayor Reggie Spinello, City Council members, Darcy Belyea, Glen Cove Parks & Recreation Director and members of the Glen Cove Recreation Commission kick-off the festivities with the traditional first pitch followed by team portraits and a call to “play ball” for teams that have scheduled games that morning.
“The mission of the Gold Coast Little League is to provide a wholesome, healthy activity for children using the ball field as a classroom to instill discipline, teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play,” said Darcy Belyea, Director of Glen Cove Parks & Recreation. “I am looking forward to our 2017 season as we have over 350 young ball players signed up to play baseball and softball in what I believe is one of the most comprehensive sports programs in our area.” Families of the ballplayers and area residents are invited to cheer on these young athletes along the parade route or join the action from seats in the stadium’s bleachers.
Gold Coast Little League is a baseball and softball program for boys and girls in Glen Cove and surrounding communities currently in pre-kindergarten through Grade 9, operating under the direction of the City of Glen Cove Parks and Recreation Department. With the support of the Glen Cove Recreation Commission and over 50 businesses, organizations and professionals, the league’s schedule provides an opportunity for all children to build their skills, their fitness profiles and enjoy America’s favorite pastime.