By Kristin Rover
Charley Frank, executive director of the Cincinnati Reds Community Fund thanked Clermont County Commissioners during their July 17 session for their support of the Reds Rookie Success League in the county.
“We have so much appreciation for what you all do and for your support for the Reds Community Fund,” Frank said.
Frank said the partnerships formed in the community continue to make the program successful. He said the commissioners, University of Cincinnati Clermont College, the Clermont County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Batavia Township, and many businesses and organizations in the county all worked together.
“It’s amazing how, from day one, how easy you made it for us,” Frank said about the participation from the community.
Chris Smith, director of the Clermont County Convention and Visitors Bureau, agreed that it was wonderful to have so many people come together and help with the program.
“It’s a wonderful example of collaboration and cooperation,” Smith said.
Frank also thanked all of the food sponsors in the community, including Chick-fil-A, Jimmy John’s, and more, who helped provide meals for the children participating at the camp.
“We had all the right people at the table,” Frank said.
Frank said when it comes to the children involved in the league, they had even more participants during the second year.
“Our numbers were up significantly,” Frank said. “We averaged over 250.”
Frank said because of the community support and how well the league is going in Batavia, it is already becoming a model community.
“We really feel it is a robust program here,” Frank said. “Even though it is the youngest program it has become a model.”
Frank thanked commissioners again for their support of the program and presented them with a plaque from the Reds Community Fund.
“We’re thrilled the Reds picked Clermont County to do a Reds Rookie Success League,” Commissioner Ed Humphrey said.
For more information about Reds Rookie Success League visit www.redsyouthbaseball.org.