I recently drove past Tuley Park and I saw Chicago Park District (CPD) cleaning up around the Southside Little League stadium. The stadium was built in 2005 as a 50th year anniversary present http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P1-112091114.html. When you see them preparing the stadium you know its spring and summer is soon to follow. Activities that you will see in Chatham during the summer are gardening, block parties and baseball.
Baseball has been a tradition in Chatham for over 50 years and is continuing. Southside Little League has been the torchbearer and continues to pass the torch from generation to generation. Recently on Facebook, I was involved in a conversation with former players and they talked about what team they played on and where they played. It made no difference whether they played at the former Avalon Park YMCA (now South Central Community Services headquarters), Tuley Park, Jesse Owens Park, or Cole Park it was all the same. No one had any negative feelings just memories of good days.
South Side Little League (503-B) was founded in 1955 and has been going strong ever since. SSLL currently plays at Tuley Park (91st and King Drive) and Cole Park (85th and King Drive) serving boys and girls ages 4 to 14. Southside focuses on allowing all children regardless of ability to play, sportsmanship, teamwork and learn to love the game of baseball. Southside players go on to play at the high school, collegiate and professional levels. For those who don't pursue baseball they go on to become judges, doctors, lawyers, teachers and other positive role models in the community.
Southside Little League is currently registering the next generation of players. Registration information is as follows
Saturday March 3, 2012 to Saturday April 28, 2012
12:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Tuley Park Field House
91st and King Drive
No registration Easter Weekend April 7, 2012
For more information contact Southside Little League.