GURLEY, Ala. – The Dizzy Dean World Series is a few weeks away, and a team of 6-year-olds hailing from Owens Cross Roads, New Hope, Meridianville, and Huntsville is trying to raise upwards of $15,000 to bring their families along for the trip of a lifetime.
The Madison County Rockets placed second in a regional tournament which qualified them to play in the Dizzy Dean World Series in Southaven, Mississippi.
“The cost to participate in the tournament is estimated to be $18,000. This includes travel costs, hotels, meals, uniforms, tournament fees, and other miscellaneous expenses upon which many of our families are not prepared to expend,” said Coach Nelson Ferry.
Many of the Rockets just picked up bats and balls within the last year. The players were brutally honest about their first few practices and games.
“Very bad. Definitely. Very bad,” said a group of three players.
The kids clearly picked the game up quickly. Coach Nelson Ferry, his staff and parents on the team had no plans for their team to qualify for such a tournament. Ferry is bringing 10 players and wants all families to be able to come along. The tournament lasts a week and the team will have to pay for hotels, food, entry fees and uniforms.
“With 10 kids on the team, that’s going to add up real quick. A lot of this is expenses that a lot of families don’t budget for normally. It wasn’t an expected experience,” said Ferry.
The team has raised roughly $4,000 to-date. They will travel to the tournament July 9, and will take the field July 10.
“They (the kids) understand what an all-star game is. They understand what the World Series is. But I don’t think they’ve grasped the magnitude that this could be a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said Ferry.
If you would like to help the team, you can learn more and donate here.
The Madison City Rockets are also doing raffle tickets and are open to sponsors.