I would like to thank everyone who made the 20th Anniversary Cincinnati Reds Legends Youth Baseball Clinic a very special occasion. So many good people from our community have worked hard and helped to accomplish major goals over the last 20 years.
An event is only as good as the people behind it, and we have been richly blessed with a special breed of community minded volunteers and friends. Our sponsors have been absolutely awesome year in and year out. Larry Ward and Marietta Captain D's have been firmly on board for well over a decade now. Annually feeding the campers every year with tasty food and snacks, as well as super sponsors Marietta Applebee's, Haas Septic Service, Marietta McDonald's, Parkersburg McDonald's, Warren's IGA, Don Booth and Marietta Giant Eagle, and super radio station V96.9. Morning station anchors Jack Horton and Sheila Britton have been getting the word out about our event for over 15 years now. ... What awesome contributors, and good friends they have all become.
Many thanks to other loyal Marietta sponsors and contributors like Robin Littleton at Marietta Arby's, Parkersburg Olive Garden, the Zide family at Zide's Sport Shop, Marietta Fairfield Inn, Marietta Burger King, Marietta Long John Silver's, and Marietta, Parkersburg, and Vienna Taco Bell. With all these fine sponsors in our corner, it's easy to see why we have been so blessed and successful over the years. Thanks to all these generous and community minded sponsors.
The Reds Legends event has stood the test of time. I'm so very proud of our community, and sincerely appreciate all the support that we have received over the years. I'm also very proud of my local event staff. In a year with several head coaching spots vacant for various reasons, local volunteer coaches rushed to our aid. Local educator and golf guru, Joe Matheney, and his good friend, Jim Wilhelm, stepped up to fill a spot at the bunting station. Marietta resident Jim Rogers dusted off his glove and teamed up with Reds Hall of Famer Don Gullett to teach young pitchers proper mechanics. Calhoun County High School Coach Tim Moore, and his son, Luke, joined together to do a phenomenal job at the baserunning station. Local umpire and youth baseball coach Kurtis Whitlatch stepped up and manned the outfield station. While yearly regulars Ron Casci, Dan Wagner, Mike Wagner, Steve Hill, Mike and Jeff Hopkins, Kevin Pierson, Austin Cottrell, Chris Semon, and Andy Newhart were all on hand as usual to share their special talents with Reds Legends campers. Former long time Reds Legends head coach Jim Tenney was also on hand all three days to provide moral support for the clinic staff, while volunteer team moms Theresa Wagner, Tracy Jones, Maggie Tome, and Patty Leweev all helped to feed extra hungry campers and coaches during the event. Super Reds Legends instructors Eric Davis, Bret Boone, Don Gullett, and Leo "Chico" Cardenas were absolutely stellar in their jobs, making lifetime memories and dreams come true during this year's clinic.
After 20 years of Cincinnati Reds Legends Camps have come and gone by, I find myself extremely satisfied with what we have all accomplished as a community. I hope to do 20 more, and with the community support we have received during the previous 20, it is well within our grasp.