NEW BRITAIN - From two to one.
In past springs, New Britain children had the option of playing baseball and softball for either the New Britain Little League or the New Britain Fagan Baseball League. For the first time in 61 years, that is about to change.
The two leagues, founded in 1957 and 1960, respectively, have come together to form the newly combined New Britain Little League/Fagan Baseball and Softball. The City of New Britain made the announcement on Wednesday.
The unified league was created in efforts to give young New Britain athletes the best baseball and softball experience possible under one organization.
“The combined New Britain Little League/Fagan Baseball and Softball presents an exciting opportunity for children throughout New Britain who are interested in playing baseball and softball,” New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart said in a statement. “The resources these two programs share now that they are one league will allow them to provide an even more positive experience for those who participate.”
Unifying the New Britain Little League and the New Britain Fagan Baseball League involved an intricate process that was made possible by support from a number of parties, including Stewart and the City of New Britain, New Britain Fagan Baseball League President Aaron Hairston, as well as the New Britain Fagan Baseball League board of directors.
There was also an open-mindedness from all parties, looking to improve the experience for baseball and softball players, that allowed for the combined league to be created.
“I want to send a huge thank you to everyone else involved in this process,” New Britain Little League/Fagan Baseball and Softball President Antonio Velazquez said in a statement. “Without everyone’s effort, patience, passion and support, we never would have been able to accomplish such an important milestone in youth baseball.”
“The mayor’s dedication to making the community a better place for youth athletes was much appreciated during this process,” Aaron Hairston, co-executive vice president of the New Britain Little League/Fagan Baseball and Softball, said in a statement. “We would also like to thank the Parks and Recreation Department for their dedication, as well as [New Britain High School head baseball coach] Roberto Mercado for presenting this wonderful opportunity and keeping progress moving forward.”
The league will provide both girls and boys ages 4-16 years old who live in the City of New Britain the opportunity to play baseball and softball. To register or find out more information, visit www.newbritainlittleleague.com or email NBLLPresident1@gmail.com
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