More than 100 ballplayers dressed in their uniforms joined coaches and parents to recieve their well-deserved awards this past weekend. League commissioner Tommy Torres presented each team with their trophies and plaques.
“We worked very hard this year to make sure that this season happened and we accomplished so many good things for our kids,” Torres said.
With a 9-1 record on the year, the Brooklyn Falcons took home the championship trophies for the Babe Ruth league, ages four through six.
Falcons head coach Charlton Lalane has two boys in the league, one in the Babe Ruth league and one in the next age group, and said he is proud to see the youth in his community getting involved in something positive.
“The importance of any athletic sport is the kids get to learn unity, they get to achieve a goal with others,” Lalane said. “When they’re in the house, they’re just by themselves or with a sibling, but when they get to the team it’s a greater achievement to win something with others.”
Borough President Eric Adams joined the event to encourage more parents to enroll their children in organized sports.
“When they play on this ball field, they develop their personhood, they become a team player and they have a baseball bat in their hand and they don’t have a gun in their hand,” Adams said. “If they’re on the ball field playing with each other, they’re not fighting with each other, and they learn as one community.”