This week, Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling kicked-off “PLAY BALL SUMMER” in Norwalk. The United States Conference of Mayors continued its support of the “PLAY BALL SUMMER” initiative, which focuses on the fun nature of baseball and encourages an active and healthy lifestyle for young people in all communities. Mayor Rilling is one of five Mayors in Connecticut, and one of 304 in the United States, to sign up for “PLAY BALL.” Mayor Rilling visited Tracey Elementary School on Monday, Marvin Elementary School on Tuesday, and will attend additional Norwalk camps during the week.
“Whether it’s the smack of a ball hitting the glove, or the aroma of fresh cut grass filling the air, baseball is the perfect summer game,” said Mayor Rilling. “I am delighted to participate in “PLAY BALL SUMMER” and spend time with our youth at these camps. It’s a joy spending my morning with the young people and sharing my love of the game with a future generation of fans.”
During the summer, Mayors are implementing “PLAY BALL SUMMER” throughout cities across the country with the goal of strengthening the connection of communities with the game of baseball and softball. Norwalk is proud to continue its support of the “PLAY BALL” initiative, which first began in 2015. This year, more than 650 youngsters participated. In Norwalk, Hearst Connecticut Media Group is the lead sponsor of “PLAY BALL.”
The “PLAY BALL SUMMER” initiative with the United States Conference of Mayors focuses on recruiting cities to promote and support “PLAY BALL” through the use of baseball or softball-related activities. Mayors across the country are hosting activities with a baseball and softball theme to engage residents, families, and city departments through individual and community events. These activities focus on exposing young people to baseball and softball while providing a fun opportunity to remain active throughout the summer.