Opening Day Thanks!
Our Opening Day celebration was a tremendous success and the Cherry Hill Atlantic Board of Directors would like to thank everyone who came out and enjoyed the day. We would especially like to thank those coaches and volunteers that helped to make it all happen.
Our photographers captured some great shots of our league families on Saturday that really display 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!
Atlantic Opening Day Pictures
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.