By Tamas Mondovics
Dover Bullet 12U Baseball Team on “Quest for Cooperstown”
After bagging its first championship in Plant City, the Dover Bullets 12 U travel baseball team has its eye on fulfilling a goal some only dream of: Cooperstown.
The program—made up of boys who have played baseball for years and have bonded together as a team to form the Bullets—has been making its mark throughout Hillsborough County, and is now making plans to play in Cooperstown, N.Y. next summer.
Led by Coach Ruben Delgado, a Tampa PD Captain who serves as security for the Tampa Bay Bucs, the Bullets are confident of earning the respect of their peers at Cooperstown, a series of tournament games played over the span of a week.
Considered by many as the greatest tournament in America, the event promises to give players, 12 years and under a chance to experience the game of baseball as it was meant to be played. The town also houses the Baseball Hall of Fame, an added perk for the young players to enjoy as well as attend baseball games at Doubleday Field, the legendary home of baseball where the game began one afternoon in 1839.
“There are several local teams all striving for the same dream,” said team mom Rhonda Bolt, who supporting her son Cristian, has been a loyal fan for years. “Teams come from around the country to participate as the boys enjoy baseball history.”
To support the team and its fundraising efforts, contact the team on its Facebook page.
Tennis For Fun Gets Local Support
Decked out in new neon green T-shirts donated through a $1,000 donation from A League of Our Own Tennis (ALOT), the athletes of Tennis For Fun are hard to miss.
A LOT is a tennis league for women across Hillsborough County.
According to Tennis for Fun Spokesperson Judy Moore, beyond encouraging competitive play ALOT strives to support the entire tennis community and was excited to partner with Tennis For Fun to provide the athletes with shirts.
Tennis For Fun, an entirely volunteer organization, is a free weekly tennis clinic for athletes with special needs. The program works with athletes of all ages that are intellectually handicapped, especially those with Down Syndrome, but other special needs athletes are also welcome to join.
All services and equipment are donated by our wonderful and dedicated volunteers. Moore emphasized that, the program, now in its 15th year, gives athletes the opportunity to have fun playing tennis, learn basic tennis skills and to socialize with each other.
Tennis For Fun clinics are held weekly at Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center, which has generously supported the program through donated court time since its beginning.
For more about A LOT, visit www.tampabaytennis.org
To find out more about Tennis For Fun, visit www.tennisforfun.org.