Forest Park Little League has been successful in recruiting players and sponsors for the upcoming season. Roughly 140 kids have signed up to play, including 25 T-ballers from Oak Park. The T-ball division will have five teams. There will be two Rookie teams and two teams in the Minors. There will be no teams in the Majors, as these older boys will be playing in River Forest. 

“It was a lot of hard work,” Treasurer Dan Novak said of the recruiting effort. “We received great cooperation from District 91. They included our fliers in the students’ digital backpacks. We also contacted former participants and gained new players through word-of-mouth.” The league is also in great shape in terms of attracting sponsors. 

May 6 will be Opening Day. Novak mentioned there will be a cookout, raffles, games and giveaways. Sponsors are also invited to display their products. 

“We have enough volunteers, better than last year,” he said. “We just have to roll up our sleeves and do some hard work.” 

He admitted that the newly-elected board from last season experienced some growing pains, but now he sees healthy growth in the number of players and volunteer coaches. 

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John Rice

John Rice is a columnist/novelist who has seen his family thrive in Forest Park. He has published two books set in the village: The Ghost of Cleopatra and The Doll with the Sad Face.