Town needs your help to host Potter Baseball

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Mount Olive will be the only town in North Carolina to host Potter Baseball July 26-29, but officials need the public’s help to make the experience a good one for the young players.

The Mount Olive Chamber of Commerce and town of Mount Olive Parks and Recreation Department teamed up to win the North Carolina bid for hosting the group of 20 kids, aged 13 to 15 years old, and five coaches. Potter Baseball will travel to visit communities in the Eastern United States from Washington, D.C., to North Carolina. Mount Olive will be the team’s second to the last stop. Local input and assistance is needed in terms of housing, meals and goodie bag items.

This will be the 10th year that Potter Baseball players, who hail from a variety of states, have traversed the country. The purpose of Potter Baseball is to expose youth to communities as large as New York City and as small as Mount Olive and to provide those teens with community service projects, activities and interactions with people in each community.

Mount Olive Chamber President Julie Beck stated, “We are excited that Mount Olive has been chosen. What an amazing opportunity for us to showcase our historical community. We can’t wait for Potter Baseball to meet our wonderful citizens.”

As a host community, Mount Olive must provide housing and meals for all Potter Baseball participants.

They are currently seeking housing for 25 individuals, mostly boys and men, Beck said. Housing is needed Friday, July 26, through Monday, July 29. If a family agrees to host participants, they must host a minimum of two people in their home. A church or fire department, that has cots and access to showers, could agree to host all 25 individuals, Beck added.

“Hosting Potter Baseball will be a rich and rewarding experience for all who participate,” said Josh Phillips, Mount Olive’s Parks and Recreation director. “Our goal is to make sure when they leave Mount Olive and head to Virginia Beach for their final destination, they will have fond memories of our community, citizens and the service projects they completed. I anticipate their arrival and the impact they will have on our community.”

Mount Olive is required to provide free meals for all participants while they are in town. Meals are needed for the entire weekend. Make a Difference Food Pantry has agreed to provide dinner on Friday evening and Genesis Healthcare will serve lunch on Saturday.

We are still in need of other meals, specifically breakfast on Saturday, Sunday and Monday; lunch on Sunday and dinner on Saturday and Sunday, Beck said.

If anyone is interested in hosting Potter Baseball participants or providing a meal for 25 people, call Beck at 919-738-0211 or Phillips at 919-738-2602.

While in town, Potter Baseball will tour the Mt. Olive Pickle Company, attend a Wilson Tobs baseball game, participate in community games of kickball and baseball and complete service projects at Westbrook Park, Nelson Street Park, the Make a Difference Food Pantry and Carver Cemetery. Civic organizations, youth groups and Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops are encouraged to join in with the service projects, working side-by-side with Potter Baseball.

The Mount Olive Chamber and Parks and Rec would also like to give each Potter Baseball guest a goodie bag to take home.

To have your group interact with Potter Baseball or to contribute items for the 25 goodie bags, call or email Beck at juilerbeck@gmail.com or Phillips at jphillips@townofmountolivenc.com.

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