From the crack of the bat to the cheers of the crowd, “America’s past-time” is alive and well in Davie County.
Scores of baseball and softball players, parents, and fans pour in and out of the Davie Little League Complex on Farmington Road for games or practice most days of the week.
The Davie Little League program, assists youth in developing the qualities of citizenship, discipline, teamwork and physical well-being. By promoting the virtues of character, courage, and loyalty, the Little League Baseball/Softball program is designed to develop superior citizens rather than superior athletes.
Thanks to the contributions from donors and sponsors, the Complex has expanded to include 4 fields, batting cages and a concession stand.
Little League Baseball – Teamwork, Sportsmanship & Family
When Chris Spell, SMEX operations manager, whose son plays Little league, asked Russell Smith to become a sponsor, it was an easy decision.
Russell knew the value of Davie Little League, having served as past president and coach about 20 years ago when his son, Matthew, played baseball and his daughter, Sloan, played softball.
“We count it a blessing to sponsor Davie County Little League and to be involved in helping local families and kids have tons of fun while learning the basics of teamwork and sportsmanship, two important character qualities that will serve them and their future families well for the rest of their lives,” said Russell.
From Humble Beginnings to 200,000 Teams
In 1938, Carl Stotz hit upon the idea for an organized baseball league for the boys in his hometown of Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Carl had no sons of his own, but he often played ball with his young nephews, Jimmy and Major Gehron, and wanted a way to provide an organized program for them.
The very first Little League game was played on June 6, 1939. In the following years, other programs emulating the first Little League sprung up. Boundaries for each league were established to ensure each league could thrive without worrying about neighboring programs “raiding” its players.
In 1939, $30 sponsorships helped to pay for equipment and uniforms for 30 players. Since then, sponsorships of Little League have helped to keep costs to a minimum for parents.
SMEX FIELD – Part of World’s Largest Youth Sports Program
From those humble beginnings, Little League Baseball has become the world’s largest organized youth sports program. In the space of just six decades, Little League grew from three teams to nearly 200,000 teams, in all 50 U.S. states and more than 80 countries.
If you or your company are interested in sponsoring Davie Little League, please call 336 998-3255.