ELIZABETH, NJ -The Elizabeth Avenue Partnership (EAP) is set to honor the Little League team from Elizabeth, NJ that captured the hearts and minds of not only the state but the nation this summer. The Elmora Troopers, who won the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship, became the first urban team from New Jersey in 32 years to make it to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA (Jersey City went in 1988) becoming the 4th best team in the entire country. The honors are set to begin at 1 pm.

The ceremony will take place this Saturday, October 19th at the EAP's annual Hispanic Heritage Month concert at Union Square Plaza on Elizabeth Avenue where the Salsa Band, Yankala will play before Steve Santos of N.J. Salsa will lead a group of participants on a Salsa Stroll down the Avenue beginning at 2 pm.

The majority of the Elmora Troopers families come from Latin American Countries and are represented by players from Puerto Rico, Cuba, Colombia, Dominican Republic and of course the United States. 

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“I may be the mayor of this city, but these kids are the city of Elizabeth, they represent the city,” said Mayor Bollwage at the homecoming pep rally in August.

He added, “These kids represented the state of New Jersey and the City of Elizabeth with class, they showed some heart, they never quit, they kept on fighting and really represented an urban area in the best way possible.”

“Please join us for an amazing celebration of our city's vast cultural diversity on Saturday, October 19th from 12-3 pm where we're going to Shake, Salsa and Stroll with Yankala while we honor the Mid-Atlantic Champion Little League Heroes, the Elmora Troopers,” said EAP Executive Director Dave Strochak. After the event, NJ Salsa President, Steve Santos will be leading a "Salsa Stroll" down the Avenue stopping at 3 different venues for an hour each of Salsa dancing, drink and food specials! Salsa Stroll will start at 2 pm and go until 5 pm.

“The Salsa Stroll was amazing last year and we are excited to team up with N.J. Salsa again this year for our 2nd annual stroll and this year is extra special since we’re honoring the Little Leaguers with a “Jersey Shake” (the dance that went viral after the players celebrated their hits with), Strochak said.

The event will have numerous vendors providing games and giveaways and refreshments will be available and soft drinks at the GOYA Tent.

This arts event was made possible in part by a HEART Grant (History, Arts, Education, Reaching Thousands) by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders with support from Crystalz Barbershop, Live Life Social and NJ Salsa.

For more information on the contact Dave Strochak at 908-590-2600.

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