Peace March Kicks Off Far Rock LL
It started with a Peace March from Beach 41st Street to the ball field at O’Donohue Park. Once there, the Far Rockaway RBI Little League played their first games.
Sponsored by the Child Center of NY, youngsters in uniform and adults marched for peace as the new league headed to play ball in Far Rockaway.
“Our kids are learning to be kids again,” Councilman Donovan Richards said. “New life is being breathed back into our community, and a big shout out to Deepmalya Ghosh, for turning vision into reality.”
Ghosh is the Associate Executive Director for Youth Development and Community Engagement at the Child Center of NY.
“Amazed and humbled by all the unspoken and hidden leaders in the community who gave their time and made this happen,” Ghosh said. “I don’t know that I will ever forget seeing so many genuine smiles on youth and parents faces, or how many times I heard people say they remembered playing baseball as children. I watched a rebirth today and feel nothing but pride in seeing this community come together to cheer and love their children.”
The new little league is part of Major League Baseball’s RBI (Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities) program. The youth outreach program is designed to increase participation and interest in baseball and softball among underserved youth, encourage academic participation and achievement, increase the number of athletes prepared to play in college and minor leagues, promote greater inclusion of the minorities into the mainstream of the game, and teach the value of teamwork.