In this day and age, there are so many organizations out there that talk a good game when it comes to caring about the community and making a way for children. In most cases, that's exactly what it is ... just extravagant big talk.
But I'm so very proud to be associated with the V.F.W. Post 5108 members, staff, and leadership. The V.F.W. is one of the greatest community minded organizations in the Marietta area. They have never just talked about helping kids, but they have stepped up and delivered on every one of their promises made to the children of this community down through the years. All of the community's children, regardless of skill level. Sports, and particularly baseball, is for every single child. Not just for children who have advanced skills, or are lucky enough to be sought after by every winning-minded coach.
The V.F.W. has been there as a savior for the Annual Cincinnati Reds Legends Youth Baseball Clinic for 21 years now, helping and partnering with us to provide a wonderful experience for children of all backgrounds and all skill levels.
In this day and age when lower skill level children get swept under the rug, the V.F.W. has risen to the challenge year in and year out to make sure no child is ever passed over. They have saved the day many times, and have been a good friend to all of the community.
Many years ago, when the newly formed Marietta Sandlot Baseball League needed a place to play baseball and could not secure a venue, it was the V.F.W Post 5108 who stepped up to the plate and shared their baseball field. When a few years later the children needed a field for a high school summer Legion team, the V.F.W. stepped up again and made a way for it to happen. Thirty years ago, when the local church softball league needed help in the way of a field, guess who stepped up and made a way for it? You got it! The V.F.W Post 5108, when some others have chosen to slam the door in the face of good community programs that help every single child of all skill levels. Sometimes the good people and veterans at the V.F.W. have been the only ones who seemed to care, or the only ones who were willing to help. Many times they have served as a beacon of light, and have carried the heavy burden all to themselves.
Thanks to their many efforts and decades of generosity, scores and scores of children of all backgrounds and all skill levels have been blessed in this community. They have always shared what they have with others. What a testimony to all organizations in our local area. If you have a field, basketball court, bike track, soccer field, tennis court, or any other outlet, or means that will fill a void for the area's children, then think about sharing just a small little bit. It won't hurt. Your heart will keep beating, and you will live right through it.
You never know, you just might get a blessing by helping your neighbor.