Each member of the Ahwatukee Little League team will get his own Corvette next week when the boys return from Williamsport, Pa. At least for one morning.
Freeway Chevrolet will loan the sports cars to the team for a parade through Ahwatukee Foothills on Sept. 2 to honor the team’s performance at the Little League World Series.
“You don’t get to the Little League World Series every year,” Freeway Chevrolet general manager Eddie Espinosa said. “We want this to be a memorable experience for these families.”
Rep. John McComish, RAhwatukee Foothills, is organizing the parade as president of the Ahwautkee Foothills Chamber of Commerce. He said details are still sketchy, but he hopes marching bands from Mountain Pointe and Desert Vista high schools will lead the procession.
Freeway Chevrolet will provide free hot dogs and drinks at Ahwatukee Park, where the parade will end.
McComish said the team’s performance on national television energized the entire community.
“Everybody’s been talking about it,” he said. “You can’t go anywhere that it’s not a subject of conversation.”
The parade is one of several celebrations being planned for the team, which won two of three games at the World Series but failed to advance to the single elimination round.
The team will stay in Pennsylvania to watch Sunday’s championship game and participate in the Parade of Champions. Most of the families will then fly home on Monday.
When things settle down, the Kyrene Elementary School District plans to honor the players during pep assemblies at the various schools they attend.
What: Free parade and picnic to honor the Ahwatukee Little League team.
When: 9 a.m. Sept. 2.
Where: Parade will start at Mountain View Lutheran Church on 48th Street south of Elliot Road and end at Ahwatukee Park, 4700 E. Warner Road.
Information: (480) 753-7676. Not alone
Ahwatukee Little League is not the first group to be eliminated at the Little League World Series despite finishing 2-1 in pool play. Teams from Hawaii and Saudi Arabia were eliminated despite 2-1 records in 2002, the first year the tournament expanded to the 16-team format. Players from Preston, Md., were luckier in 2004. They finished 1-2 in pool play but still advanced.