For over half a century, little league baseball has been an integral part of life in Woodhaven. For many years, it was Rich-Haven Little League that provided that outlet for our children. A few years ago, Rich-Haven (which served Richmond Hill and Woodhaven) expanded its' reach to include Ozone Park, Kew Gardens, and South Ozone Park and was reborn as WORKS Little League (Official Site). WORKS also expanded its' reach to include teams for girls, and challenger division for children with special needs.
Click here for the 2009 Parade
Click here for the 2010 Parade
Click here for the 2011 Parade
(We missed 2012)
On Saturday, April 13th 2013, the league's children, their parents, managers and coaches took part in a long tradition - the Annual Parade. The parade route this year went through Richmond Hill and just into Woodhaven before heading North towards Forest Park at 98th Street.
The parade is a great tradition in Woodhaven -- we hope it can be arranged to march all the way through Woodhaven next year. Here are the video highlights of the parade --
This was the edited version of the parade --so if you didn't see yourself or your kids in that video, you will in the videos below --
Click here for the unedited video taken of the entire parade at 98th Street and Jamaica Avenue.
Click here for the unedited video taken of the entire parade at 98th Street and Park Lane South.
The kids always have a great time marching down Jamaica Avenue --
Here is the team sponsored by the Woodhaven Residents' Block Association -- the Royals!
Many thanks to all of the sponsors -- they help keep the league alive and make it an extremely affordable league to play in. Here is a list of the sponsors.
The parade then moved up to 98th Street and we caught up with them at Park Lane South --
The parade then made its way down the Brooklyn-Queens Greenway, through Forest Park --
Per tradition, they gathered at the bandshell for a gathering --
State Senator Joe Addabbo and State Assemblyman Mike Miller came to wish the kids a great season.
After the parade, players, coaches, parents, managers gather around League President Terry Flanagan --
Here is President Terry Flanagan with his kids -- one of who is now managing a team. Terry's Dad led a team when he was young, making for 3 generations of Flanagans in our local little league. It's great to see roots like that -- congratulations and best of luck to all in 2013!
Note: We have added all the photos we took (136 in all) to the WORKS Facebook Page -- click here to see them all.
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Photos by Joey Wendell