Guam – Navy personnel from the USS Frank Cable’s Dive Locker took time out to help the Guam Little League prepare the fields for the 2011 Asia-Pacific (ASPAC) Little League Baseball Majors Regional Tournament.
Guam will be hosting ten countries as well as participating in the event from July 08 to July 15, 2011 at the Guam Little League Northern Region Sports Complex in Dededo. The winner of this year’s tournament will advance to the Little League Baseball Majors World Series later in August 2011 at Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Navy Diver 1st Class, Joshua Amberger, said it was good for him and his coworkers to come out under the sun and lend a hand. “I always like to try and help out the community, I’ve been here a long time. The community has given me a lot, personally, so every chance I get to come out and give back, I try to.” Said Amberger.
Twenty young men spent about five hours under Guam’s tropical sunshine to clear weeds, gather rocks, and restore the warning track at one of two fields being prepared for play. Besides media attention for Guam in the Asia-Pacific region, Amberger says the tournament has much more to offer. “It’s good for the kids too; getting that many kids from different countries in a place like Guam will be really good. A lot of comradery, in getting people that don’t get a chance to leave the island to meet people from other places, learn different cultures.” Said Amberger.
Being involved in the community is a big part of being in the military according to Navy Diver Senior Chief, Jeremy Duplissey. “Volunteer work is something that’s looked highly in the Navy. We try to find ways all the time to help the community out, to do different things to show that we’re not just Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen, and Marines, but we’re human beings. We don’t come to Guam just to be here, we’re in and among the community, part of the community, part of Guam. This is part of our island too.” Stated Duplissey.
Using donated tools and wheelbarrows, the group gathered weeds and rocks to do their part to get Guam ready for the tournament. “Well, being involved in the community, in Little League, and in the Masters Baseball Program, it makes me proud to know my guys take their time out to give back to the community. And I know how much is needed in Little League and all the leagues growing up here in Guam; there’s a huge need for fields, fields actually is the biggest deficit that we have here in Guam. And to come here and make this field ready for the international tournament; it means a lot.” Said Duplissey. Duplissey hopes others can pitch in.
For more information on sponsorship, and volunteer opportunities, contact Stephen Guerrero, District Administrator/Co-Tournament Director, at 888-3887, Steve Muna, Co-Tournament Director, at 888-7726 or Gerry Cruz, Public Information Officer at 777-6060.