2011-04-15 / Sports

BCAC Parade Starts 50th Season

This Saturday, the BCAC will be having its annual Little League Parade to kick off the baseball season.

What is especially important about this year’s parade is not just the fact that former BCAC President Marty Feeney will be marching, but it is the 50th anniversary of the BCAC baseball program. In 1961 the Broad Channel Athletic Club was formed with baseball being one of the first sports to be offered to the children of the community. Now, 50 years later the BCAC baseball program is still operating and it is stronger than ever.

The parade will start at 17th Road Park at 9:30 a.m. and end at Broad Channel Memorial Field. All participants in the BCAC/ Jamaica Bay Little League/ CYO programs are asked to come join in and march in the parade. Opening Day ceremonies will immediately follow the parade where refreshments will be served to all the children by Mike Kelly.

Word also has it that there will be a special guest on hand to throw out the first pitch of the season. Once the ceremonies are completed, the BCAC T-ball and in-house baseball season will swing into action.

“To be able to be a part of the opening day ceremonies that marks the club’s 50th anniversary is an honor,” said current BCAC President Jack Allen. “To be able to continue the tradition that John Wagner, John Monahan, George Ogden, Willy Wiese, George Chamberlain, Bob Glade, Bob Russell, Gene Gray, Frank Harnisher and so many other great people started 50 years ago truly means a lot.”

So please come out and support all the BCAC Shamrocks, big and small, as they march with pride to start another great season of BCAC baseball.

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