Little League kids dissed
What was all the money for then?
Parents & Kids dumbfounded at Hoboken Little League Awards Night…
Last night was the annual Little League Awards Night at the Hoboken Elks Club at 10th and Washington.
For the past 30+ years, this awards dinner honored the hundreds of boys and girls (aged 7 to 12) who participated in the summer baseball and softball leagues. And for all those years, all kids received some kind of trophy or participation award in addition to the open hot dog or pizza party. The city administration had always funded the annual event as part of the community service it used to provide. All equipment and uniforms are paid via private sponsors of each team.
City charges families for first time but cuts back
In 2010, the city administration instituted a $25 charge per child who played on one of the youth baseball or softball teams (probably a hidden tax to help fund raises for the Zimmer appointees).
However, the over $10,000 generated from these fees – services provided by the city were dramatically stripped from the program:
- Instead of all children receiving some trophy or certificate – only the 70 kids who made the championship game received one (winners & runner ups). This left 350 players leaving the awards night empty handed. Trophies only cost a few bucks when bought in bulk.
- The kids were “restricted” to one slice of pizza and a single can of soda. Never before were openly communicated “food rations” put into place.
- Since practically nothing was given to the majority of the participants – the coaches of the leagues (who volunteer their time) – bought Hoboken Little League Hoodies for all the kids – out of their own pockets. Way to save the day, guys! A commendable action to make up for poor city government.
- The city even stripped away the shuttle bus transportation to the annual all-star game this year too! That was a major legal blunder on their part, because the administration was advised that under National Little League rules – the city was liable for anything that may have happened during the commute to the game.
- Lastly – what was the $25 fee for?
Some Hoboken residents I spoke with feel as if some kind of “class warfare” has been instituted against many of the long-time born-and-raised families who take part in community events like this. While I can’t confirm this – you can be sure the city has some other pre-prepared justification for this major let-down (“we couldn’t afford it,” etc.)