MAYOR BOLLWAGE CELEBRATES PLAY BALL IN HONOR OF NATIONAL BASEBALL MONTH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kelly Vence
908-820-4124
Public Information Office
 
 
MAYOR BOLLWAGE CELEBRATES PLAY BALL IN HONOR OF NATIONAL BASEBALL MONTH 
 
ELIZABETH, NJ—August 19, 2015- Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, joined by City Council President Patricia Perkins-Auguste, Councilman-at-Large Manny Grova Jr., Councilman Carlos Torres, Councilman Kevin Kiniery and Councilman William Gallman, hosted a Play Ball event in honor of Baseball Month in the City of Elizabeth. 
 
In conjunction with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the City of Elizabeth participated in their nationwide campaign, encouraging Mayors throughout the country to host programs, which will engage citizens, families and organizations in baseball-related activities.
 
“Baseball is a sport that brings people of all backgrounds and ages together and unites us as a community,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “Participating in the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ initiative was an enjoyable and rewarding experience; the event also supported the City’s goal of continuously promoting active living, play and positive family activities.”
 
Play Ball, which took place at Brophy Field, was held on Wednesday, August 12, 2015. The day began at 5:00 p.m., where the fundamentals of baseball were taught and a series of drills were held for children. Al Hawkins, who was a former Milwaukee Brewer in 1996, was on hand as one of the local heroes, instructing some of the activities. Spencer Fordin from the Major League Baseball website also paid a visit to Elizabeth. 
 
Following the recreational hour, which included learning the basics of the game and honing skills for more experienced players, three friendly games were held. The girls and boys ten year-old divisions of the Elmora Youth League faced off against their counterparts in the  E’Port Youth League. The later game was made up of adults from different City and community organization as well as residents. 
 
Players in the games were competing for the Mayor's Trophy, which crowns the local champion league for the season. This free event attracted over three hundred residents and had something for the whole family including free t-shirts, hats, hot dogs, pretzels, water and ice cream. 
 
“I would like to thank all of the City Departments who helped put together this wonderful event in my Ward,” said Councilman Carlos Torres. “This was a day to get residents involved and promote baseball in all forms and I think we accomplished that in a big way. I appreciate all who came out and I hope this helped encourage everyone to continue to participate in America’s favorite pastime.” 
 
For more information about the Play Ball event or future events, please call Alonzo Jones at 908-820-4238 or visit www.elizabethnj.org.