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SE champions prep for LLWS

Parents need a rally of support

The South Nashville Little League team arrived in Williamsport, Pa. Saturday after winning the Southeast Regional Championship in Warner Robbins, Ga. on Friday evening without ever setting foot back in Williamson County.

“It has been a wild ride for them,” said South Nashville Little League President Randy Stevens.  “They got on a flight Saturday morning, flew from Atlanta to Philadelphia and then took a bus for three hours to Williamsport.”

The first order of business was fittings for new uniforms, a teal colored jersey and hat, and new equipment including cleats, bats and other items provided by the international Little League organization.  Then they settled in to acclimate to their new surroundings, new teams and, of course, practice.

“They have become very tight with the team from Australia,” reported Stevens.  “Some of our equipment and bags didn’t make it with the flight, so the Aussie kids offered to share their equipment.  Apparently, the two teams have become big friends.”
While the players are sharing the once in a lifetime experience, their parents may miss it all.  After eight days in the state tournament in Winchester, Tn. then 10 days in Georgia, the prospect of another 14-15 days in Williamsport is a budget buster.  Stevens says the local organization is trying to help.

“We are trying hard to raise some funds for parents to make the trip, to at least help with the $250 a night the hotel rooms are running.  We are looking for corporate sponsors, individuals, anything to help.”

Links are available at the league’s website ( that allow for corporate and individual sponsorships.  Tee shirts celebrating the team’s state and regional championships are also available through the site, with proceeds going to off-set travel costs.

South Nashville opens play tonight at 6 p.m. against the Northeast Regional champions.  The game will be carried live on ESPN2, but a watch party is set for the Cross Corner Grille in Brentwood, with a portion of the proceeds going towards the parent’s travel fund.

As for the local league president, being away from his team is tough.

“I’m just beside myself.  I keep thinking it’s just a 13-hour drive,” said Stevens, a teacher and coach at Franklin’s Freedom Intermediate School.  “I’m teaching, coaching volleyball, but if they get to the title game, I’m going.

“It’s killing me.”

Posted on: 8/14/2013


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