LITTLE FALLS, NJ - The Little Falls Athletic Club (LFAC) kicked off the 2017 baseball and softball season with its annual opening day parade and ceremony, last Saturday. The parade began at School No.1, located on Stevens Avenue and concluded at Duva Field where the official ceremonies took place. In attendance were the players, coaches.
Also on hand was Mayor James Damiano, along with council members, board of education members and the club's sponsors.
The LFAC also invited local resident Anthony Englehardt to throw out the first pitch to officially kickoff the season. Englehardt, who played sports in the LFAC program, has been battling Advanced Stage 4 Hodgkin's Lymphoma cancer since last December. Earlier this year, the LFAC made a donation to Englehardt and his family.
During the ceremony, a handful of players from the seventh and eighth grade teams passed around two buckets urging attendees to open their wallets to support the 17-year old. All donations were given to the Englehardt family. Englehardt delivered the first pitch to current LFAC member Daniel Bennett, a lifelong friend of his.
The LFAC was established in 1918 and is for Little Falls residents pre-K through eighth grade with many sports programs including baseball, softball, basketball, tennis, running and soccer. The 2017 season runs through June.
Chris Vancheri is the LFAC vice president and is a Little Falls councilman.