Cherry Hill Atlantic Opening Day Ceremonies
This Saturday 4/21, Cherry Hill Atlantic will hold our Opening Day Ceremonies at the CHALL Majors field. As always, the ceremonies will begin with the Parade of Players...an opportunity for ALL Atlantic players to be recognized with their teams and shown the support of our entire organization.
This year, we have some very special activities planned for all of our CHALL players:
Free Rides and Attractions Provided by J-Dogs
BBQ and food provided by Local Area Vendors (Chick-Fil-A, Chickie's & Pete's)
And...a special guest appearance by the one and only PHILLIE PHANATIC!
All Atlantic players (in full uniform) and coaches should arrive at the complex no later 10:15am on Saturday for staging for the Parade of Players. Players should report to the softball field to be lined up and the parade will commence right after the conclusion of our early morning games.
At the conclusion of our ceremonies, all Atlantic teams will be given the opportunity to be photographed with the Phanatic. While we do not discourage parents from coming onto the outfield grass to take pictures, we will have photographers that will capture a photo of every team that will be shared and available for a free download.
As always with our Opening Day ceremonies, parking will be at a premium at CHALL. We ask that you plan to arrive early and carpool if possible. Overflow parking will be available in the parking lots across Evesham Road from our fields. We have arranged for the Cherry Hill Fire Police to be stationed on Evesham Road to ensure safe crossing for all league families.
We are looking forward to a fun filled day on Saturday as we salute and honor our players and coaches.
Oh say can you sing...or play an instrument?
In keeping with an Atlantic tradition, we are still looking for one of our talented Little Leaguers to perform the National Anthem on Opening Day. If your son or daughter has some musical talent and interested in sharing it with our league, please reply to this e-mail or send a note directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. Having one of our Atlantic kids kick off the ceremony with the anthem is always a special way to start the day and we're hoping we can carry on the tradition.
Charlie Miracola - Thank you!
As some of you may have heard, Charlie Miracola has decided to retire from the Cherry Hill Atlantic Little League Board of Directors. Charlie has been a part of our league for over 33 years and the President and leader for the past 17. He has help lead Cherry Hill Atlantic to be one of the most respected Little Leagues in the state.
On behalf of the current and former Board members, we cannot thank Charlie enough for his time, dedication, leadership and friendship over the years. Please take a moment to read a little about Charlie and his history with Atlantic below:
For the past 33 years there has been one constant at Cherry Hill Atlantic League, that being former league President, Charlie Miracola. After serving as league President for the past 17 years, Charlie Miracola has decided to relinquish his role as President in order to free up more time to spend watching his grandson’s activities.
It was 33 years ago that Charlie began volunteering his time at Cherry Hill Atlantic to coach his oldest son, Charlie Jr, who is now the father of a Little Leaguer himself. Since that time, Charlie has coached his other 3 sons, Michael, Larry and Vinnie throughout their playing days at Atlantic. Although it’s been over 16 years that Charlie’s youngest son last played at Cherry Hill Atlantic, Charlie has continued to volunteer his time at Atlantic as a coach, umpire, league official and for the past 17 years, league President. Charlie has also been in charge of the renowned snack stand, affectionately referred to as “Charlie’s Place.”
In his 17 years as President, Charlie led Atlantic to becoming one of the top Little League organizations in all of New Jersey. In his tenure, Charlie was instrumental in adding a girl’s Little League Softball program to the Atlantic Little League. He helped build a clubhouse, where you will find the numerous District, Section and State Championship Banners hanging. The majority of those titles were won during Charlie’s presidency and there was never a championship game where you couldn’t find Charlie and his wife, Elly, in the stands cheering on an Atlantic team. Charlie was also responsible for building Atlantic’s signature Major’s field and making it convertible to accommodate the recently formed Intermediate division of Little League. The field is the envy of all baseball organizations that visit Atlantic. Charlie made sure all the projects completed at the Atlantic field over the many years he was president were done through fund raising efforts and insisted Atlantic never take out a loan. Charlie leaves Atlantic debt free and in excellent financial shape.
Charlie also started a tradition at Atlantic of sending their 12 year old All-star team to Cooperstown to participate in the annual Cooperstown Dreams Park tournament. It was Charlie who took the first team from Atlantic to Cooperstown when they first opened the Dreams Park back in 1996.
Charlie Miracola considered the Cherry Hill Atlantic Little League Organization family. He also made members of his immediate family part of the organization. His wife, Elly, served as the league’s Player Agent and you could also find one of Charlie’s sons working in the snack stand. He even recruits his contemporaries to continue volunteering their time at Atlantic, long after their children have left the organization.
Charlie Miracola will be greatly missed at Cherry Hill Atlantic, but the organization has no doubt he will be finding his way back “home” from time to time to lend a helping hand.
2017 Atlantic District Champions
Congratulations to coaches Russ Winsett, Pete Longo and Jim Gross and their cast of 13 tremendous ballplayers for bringing home the Little League NJ District 13 Championship!
Congratulations to coach A.J. Miller and the boys of the Atlantic 50/70 team for capturing their third straight District 13 championship.
Opening Day 2017 Photos!
Our photographer captured some great shots of our players on Opening Day that really displayed the spirit of the day. You can check them out by clicking the link below which will direct you to the Cherry Hill Atlantic Snapfish page. Be sure to share them with the kids!