SOMERSET, NJ - After a one-week postponement due to inclement weather, the Franklin Township Baseball League had a sunny warm spring day on Saturday to hold their 65th annual Opening Day parade and ceremony at the Mickey James FTBL Complex.
The public was invited to attend the annual parade and celebration. After the parade, the players and coaches took the field donning their team banners while promoting their sponsors.
FTBL officials along with members of the Township Council addressed the crowd, which was followed by the singing of the National Anthem.
Attendees were asked to support the FTBL sponsors, who make each season possible.
Opening day ceremonies were followed by a full day of games. Members of the community were also encouraged to help a neighbor by donating to the Franklin Food Bank.
According to the Franklin Food Bank, every dollar you spend is worth 10, thanks to its co-op program. As of the publication of this article, the FTBL's virtual food drive is still open and has raised $610 towards its goal of $1,000.
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"On average, a food package for a family of four from the Franklin food bank would retail for $143.56 not including tax," the virtual food drive page reads. "If the food bank purchased the same items through their connections, they would only spend $15.50."
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For more information regarding FTBL or to register your child for the upcoming season, please visit www.FTBLbaseball.org or call (732) 649-8068. Follow FTBL @FranklinTownshipBaseballLeague on Facebook.
The Franklin Township Baseball League is a volunteer-led non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. It’s mission is to promote, develop, and supervise our community’s youth baseball activities. We have served the growing, and diverse community of Franklin Township, NJ since 1953, and provide organized youth baseball programs for over 500 children yearly, ranging in ages from 4 thru 18. The Mickey James FTBL Complex, located at 51 Dekalb Street, consists of five fields (Tee-Ball, Coach Pitch, Minors, Majors, and Senior), new restrooms, a small clubhouse, equipment sheds, 3 batting cages, and a Snack Shack area.