Another weeks worth of work is on its way to the Free Press (26 & Counting)

The Pup!
The Pup!
John Galle & Mr. Galle
John Galle & Mr. Galle
Rams Volleyball
Rams Volleyball
The Smoots
The Smoots
Teresa Wease
Teresa Wease
Free Press Sports
Free Press Sports
Mr. Chuck McGill
Mr. Chuck McGill
The CCD Design team with their Mom.
The CCD Design team with their Mom.
Covering Football with Chip Crabill of ESPN-1240
Covering Football with Chip Crabill of ESPN-1240
A very understanding wife!
A very understanding wife!
Mr. Jim Sacco
Mr. Jim Sacco
Smokey Joe of the Waynesboro Generals
Smokey Joe of the Waynesboro Generals
Mr. Bill Meade
Mr. Bill Meade
The Baker's
The Baker's
Ness & Andy
Ness & Andy
The Mayor of Quicksburg, his brother & Coach Morgan
The Mayor of Quicksburg, his brother & Coach Morgan
Mickey & Roger
Mickey & Roger

           Just finished sending off this weeks thoughts about High School Sports in Shenandoah County to the Editor of the Free Press in Woodstock. Today marks 26 weeks that this project has been going on and as I did with the funds created by writing for the Northern Virginia Daily for 2+ years, the money is going into the latest “Family Project”, the Waynesboro Generals Baseball Club.

            The money generated from the NVD went to the first two projects for us. The Volleyball Book for Strasburg and then the Around The Valley in 60 Days promotion last summer. That promotion launched this sight which in turn created the opportunity to submit work to The Free Press. The continuing circle of giving back could not of taken place if it wasn’t for the Sports Editors that “carried me” over the past 3+ seasons. It created long term relationships with Coaches and Parents and in a select number of cases, student athletes.

          A little credit goes to Mike Petre for his efforts in adding me to his list of stringers but I have to give the Lions Share of the credit to Mr. Chuck McGill, current Top Dog at the NVD. Not only can this young man add large # of IQ points to my work but when he comes from behind the desk, the Kid can flat out write. The bonus is  the constant challenge to measure up to the Right Way to Do Something Bar that we hold ourselves to.

       Then there is the Dynamic Duo that runs things down at the News Virginian in Waynesboro. Sports Editor Rob Sisk and Mr. Jim Sacco have been nothing short of wonderful to work with. From the web casts talking Class A Sports to the current efforts where the Generals are it has been nothing short of fun.

     Can’t talk about fun and Sports Editors without mentioning both John Galle (Shenandoah Valley Herald) and Mr. Bill Meade (Page News & Courier). Just this week I was able to help Bill out with an article on the 1ST year Luray Lady Bulldogs Soccer program. You see, the games, the stats, the memories; they all belong to the Kids & the Coaches and the rest of are here to help paint the picture.

     Having the solid group of folks mentioned above have allowed us to continue our Search for ALL THAT IS GOOD in the World. The final Thanks goes to the readers for coming along on the journey!

 

God Bless!

Some fun pics left over from the Week-End (Including the staff of CCD)

Ryan & Mr. Juno Carroll - W/E help @ CCD
Ryan & Mr. Juno Carroll - W/E help @ CCD
They want to know why they don't get the love, so here they are!
They want to know why they don't get the love, so here they are!
SJHS's Heather Stout and Meghan Dellinger at the Soccer game
SJHS’s Heather Stout and Meghan Dellinger at the Soccer game
Julie and her son Ryan after the game on Friday night.
Julie and her son Ryan after the game on Friday night.
Waiting for the VBL's Wranglers
Waiting for the VBL's Wranglers
Scott & Tammy Foltz - Members of the Crystal Clear Delivery Sunday A.M. Staff
Scott & Tammy Foltz - Members of the Crystal Clear Delivery Sunday A.M. Staff
Mt. Jackson's Deb Ward - Working hard every Sunday Morning
Mt. Jackson's Deb Ward - Working hard every Sunday Morning
Mr. Larry Beahm of Luray - One of the remaing 7-Day delivery folks at CCD.
Mr. Larry Beahm of Luray - One of the remaing 7-Day delivery folks at CCD.
The Generals of the Pitch (Soccer Term)
The Generals of the Pitch (Soccer Term)
Darlene Lawson of Luray - part of the CCD Week-End Crew
Darlene Lawson of Luray - part of the CCD Week-End Crew

Just how many things come along with running a Summer League Team ?

Wow! When I put up the busy day sign I had no idea. Every time you scratch one item off the list it would create 3 more to take its place. At this pace we will be ready for the season opener on June 5, 2009 around June 2011.

        It is a good thing that there are so many quality people in on this project with us. We also received help from two of the Ladies today that form the back bone of the VBL, Teresa Wease of Harrisonburg & Kay Snyder of Staunton.

       The projects today included finding a garage that can work on our 1987 International School Bus and then a Company that will insure it for the summer. Working out  a deal with a soda company for the Pop to be sold at Kate Collins. The packet of information that gets sent to the players is a little past due but John Leonard and Beth Tipton were working out some details while Sabrena was creating some Letterhead for the info to get printed on.

       Trying to order the pocket schedules and cutting a deal for the banners to be created for the outfield wall were a couple of more items. Finding the right company to get the food supplies ordered from and creating a special marketing plan for our Eight game series with our Augusta County rival Staunton Braves.

      Don’t forget placing an order for team socks, belts, fitted hats and t-shirts for the players to have to go with their uniforms. Can’t ever have a day where you don’t spend part of it asking people to become sponsors of your family project!

      Getting to visit with John Severs for the first time and making sure he feels like a part of the Generals family. Not a bad day when you look back but not it is time to deal with the delivery of the newspapers. Everyday that I still have that problem is a Great Day, especially after hearing the news about the Boston Globe facing Deaths Door.

     Did plan on getting down to Bulldog Field and shooting Head Coach Derek McDaniel and his Green Hornets play the home town Luray nine but the same Mother Nature that made working Sunday Night miserable took care of that. Maybe some teams can sneak in a game here or there on Tuesday if the fields dry up in time.

 

Thank you to everyone that helped out today as we continue to move forward to Friday Night June 5TH when Team Waynesboro plays host to the Rockbridge Rapids in our season opener!

Your Town, Your Team !
Your Town, Your Team !