Rec & Ed Baseball/Softball Opening Day

This weekend is the Opening Day of Baseball/Softball season for Ann Arbor Rec & Ed. The event will include a ceremonial first pitch, a special Super Hero guest, food sales, giveaways, and more fun. Even if your child isn’t ready for Baseball or Softball, this is a great way to get them motivated to play in the future.

Let the Games Begin!
Rec & Ed to Host Opening Day Celebration

ANN ARBOR, Mich., [April 25, 2014] – Community Education and Recreation, Ann Arbor Public Schools.

Ann Arbor Rec & Ed will be hosting the fourth annual Opening Day Celebration and Parade of Athletes for its coach pitch Youth Baseball/Softball leagues at Veterans Memorial Park on Saturday, June 14th beginning at 8:30 a.m.

“Rec & Ed’s Opening Day Celebration is a true community event for the younger participants in our Youth Baseball/Softball Program,” said Larry L. Dishman, Team Sports Coordinator. “We try to incorporate many of the traditions of Major League Baseball’s opening day in a kid-friendly way.”

A special guest superhero will be on hand from 8:45 – 10:15 a.m. for photos and entertainment. He will also throw the ceremonial first pitch at 9:45 a.m. to officially kick off the 2014 Rec & Ed Youth Baseball/Softball Season. (Guests are strongly encouraged to bring their cameras.)


Samantha West of the band All Directions will be singing the national anthem and lead the crowd in a rousing rendition of “Take Me out to the Ball Game.”

What would opening day be like without some ballpark snacks? New Opening Day sponsors Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt and Noodles and Co. will be on hand with giveaways and information about their two new Ann Arbor locations. Dashing Dogs will once again be selling Michigan made hot dogs and potato chips. A portion of the Dashing Dogs proceeds will be donated to the Rec & Ed Youth Sports Scholarship Fund.


As a department of the Ann Arbor Public Schools, Community Education & Recreation (Rec & Ed) provides a wide variety of high quality, affordable programs for youth and adults. Rec & Ed’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for Ann Arbor area residents through recreation and education.

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Anna Mae

Anna Mae owns & operates Ann Arbor with Kids, a website dedicated to Family Activities in Ann Arbor. My husband and I moved to Ann Arbor in 2003 and our daughter joined the family in 2006.

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