Youth Sports Director of the Down East Family YMCA, Shane Lowell, would like to extend thanks to the 200 plus individuals and businesses who donated to support the Ellsworth Junior League All-stars’ trip to Freehold, New Jersey, to compete for the Eastern Regional title.
The opportunity came after the team, which is part of the Down East Family YMCA Little League organization, captured the state title July 20 at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor. In order to defray the expenses of travel, lodging, food, etc. for the next tournament, the kids fundraised and requested donations to a special “Little League Tournament” fund set up by the YMCA. The efforts resulted in more than $20,000. “It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for those kids,” Lowell said. “I just want to thank the community. Not a lot of communities would do that for a team.”