MAYOR BOLLWAGE CELEBRATES PLAY BALL IN HONOR OF NATIONAL BASEBALL MONTH

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MAYOR BOLLWAGE CELEBRATES PLAY BALL IN HONOR OF NATIONAL BASEBALL MONTH 
 
ELIZABETH, NJ—August 18, 2016- Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, joined by Councilwoman-At-Large Patricia Perkins-Auguste, Councilman Carlos Torres and Council President Nelson Gonzalez, 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.
 
“We were excited to participate in the Play Ball initiative for the second year in a row,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “This was a great way to connect both our younger and older residents to America’s favorite pastime, while bringing the community together and promoting a healthy, active lifestyle.”
 
Play Ball, which took place at Drotar Field, was held on Wednesday, August 17, 2016. The day began at 3:00 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. In addition, the City honored longtime Elizabeth baseball and football coach Willie Singley. 
 
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 five hundred residents and had something for the whole family including free t-shirts, hats, hot dogs, pretzels, water and Italian ice. 
 
“I would like to thank all of the City Departments who helped put this wonderful event together,” said Councilwoman-At-Large Patricia Perkins-Auguste. “Whether you are tossing a ball around at home or playing in one of our City’s many great leagues, the sport of baseball has a positive effect on our community.”
 
For more information about the Play Ball event or future events, please call Alonzo Jones at 908-820-4238 or visit www.elizabethnj.org.
 
 
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