Community Gets Behind Indians Run to Series
The Bellevue Indians, a 12u boys’ baseball team playing out of the Bellevue Sports Athletic Association, won the state title in the Cal Ripken Tournament played last week, thus qualifying for the Regional Tournament and a possible spot in the Little League World Series.
As most parents with children playing travel sports know, the trip will not be cheap.
Todd Sneed, one of the Indians coaches and head of the BSAA, estimated the cost to travel to Glen Allen Virginia and play in the tourney at more than $2,000.
That’s why the community of Bellevue has stepped to the plate and proved their championship mettle.
Saturday, members of the Bellevue Exchange Club, led by President Tom Drake, presented the team with a check for $250 to help bear some of the burden.
State Representative Bo Mitchell and State Senator Steve Dickerson each wrote checks for $250 as well, as did local resident Steve Burger.
Burger knows what it’s like to play in the big tournament. Twenty years ago he represented this community and played in the Little League World Series.
Besides the registration fee and travel costs, the Indians will also be buying new uniforms. The Indians will no longer appear on the front of their jerseys. Instead it will read Tennessee across the front, with Bellevue in script below.
The $1,000 dollars donated on Saturday certainly helped a great deal, but more is needed.
It anyone would like to help out, they can do so by sending a check for whatever amount they’d like to the BSAA, 621 McPherson Drive, Nashville, TN 37221.
There has also been a Go Fund Me account established for the team on Facebook. Anyone interested in contributing this way can find a link on Coach Todd Sneed’s Facebook page.
Sneed said the teams is grateful for the overwhelming support.