NJ District 11 All Stars vs Kansai Japan (Little League)
Little League players from Kansai, Japan, visited Neptune on August 24, 2013 and played three games against District 11 All Stars.
After the exciting games, played at the Middle School field, players, families and volunteers were treated to a BBQ hosted by the BPOE Lodge #128. Mayor Eric Houghtaling and his wife Linda and Police Commissioner Randy Bishop met the teams in the morning and joined them for the tasty BBQ.
WHEREAS, each year, Little League baseball players from Japan tour the United States to play games against their fellow American Little Leaguers; and,
WHEREAS, this year, the Township of Neptune has the distinct honor and privilege to host a tournament team from Kansai, Japan for three games against the New Jersey District 11 All Star team; and,
WHEREAS, at the conclusion of the games, the Asbury Park Elks Lodge #128 will host a barbeque/cookout to give our Japanese friends a taste of traditional American food and fun; and,
WHEREAS, the joining of these two teams from opposite sides of the globe demonstrate the commonality of a passion for baseball that transcends cultural and language differences; and,
WHEREAS, we welcome the players, announcers and interpreters to our Township and hope that they all enjoy their experience at the Jersey Shore,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED, that I, Eric J. Houghtaling, Mayor of the Township of Neptune, on behalf of the entire Township Committee, do hereby extend a warm welcome to the players and representatives of the Kansai, Japan Little League tournament team.
DATED: August 24, 2013