Little leagues sport big hearts

June 6, 2012 by  

Malden Little League has kept up its tradition of supporting troops by shipping supplies overseas.

The words “play ball” mean more than throwing out the first pitch and playing seven innings for players in the Malden Little League. Play ball means being in involved in community and country, as demonstrated this year in the league’s traditional drive to put care packages together for troops still in service on foreign soil.

This year, little leaguers canvassed Malden and area to collect items that troops might appreciate, such as candy, beef jerky, soap, magazines, cards and other personal care products or treats. Packages will go to troops from the Malden and Massachusetts area currently deployed in the Middle East.

The Malden Little League, with teams sponsored by many Malden businesses, put out a press release about their traditional care package drive. It stated that the items contained in the packages are sometimes taken for granted by Americans, but are very meaningful to troops far from home. This year, 19 packages were sent specifically to Marines who are posted in Afghanistan.

Teams enlisted the help of the sponsors, plus collected items from friends, family and fans at games in the Malden area. In addition to touching the hearts of American men and women far from home, the tradition teaches the young players that giving back to the community is important. Flyer printing would be the best way to give Little League supporters advance notice of the care package drive. Also, sponsorship of a Little League Team, which often entails the stitching or printing of the sponsor’s logo on team uniforms, is a great way for print companies to advertise.