Coeur d’Alene All Stars World Series fund the families drive

Coeur d’Alene All Stars World Series fund the families drive

The Coeur d’Alene Little League All Stars will play in the 2018 Little League Baseball World Series beginning this Friday in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Approximately 7,000 teams started their journey in June and now only 16 teams remain – 8 from the U.S. and 8 from around the world. The last time Idaho was represented in the Little League World Series was 1999 when a team from Boise qualified.

Coeur d’Alene is well known for its civic pride and giving spirit. This is a special and unique opportunity to help our neighbors and friends represent our region at this prestigious tournament. Tournament costs are expensive so a fundraising campaign has been created to help defray travel expenses for parents and families.

Fans can donate to the Coeur d’Alene Little League Fund the Families Drive two ways – A Go Fund Me page has been created on Facebook at “CDA All Stars World Series” OR people can go to any BankCDA Office to make a donation. Checks should be made out to INW-L & H LLC with World Series Families Fund in the memo line.

Donations of all sizes are encouraged and all funds will be equally divided between each player.

Coeur d’Alene is one of eight teams that will represent the United States. The other U.S. teams are from Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan; Staten Island, New York; Des Moines, Iowa; Coventry, Rhode Island; Peachtree City, Georgia; Houston, Texas; and Honolulu, Hawaii. This year’s international teams are from South Korea, Australia, Canada, Puerto Rico, Spain, Japan, Panama, and Mexico.

The Coeur d’Alene Little League team members are Braeden Newby, Cooper Smith, Chase Saunders, Jake Dannenberg, Chris Reynolds, Cooper Erickson, AJ Currie, Avrey Cherry, Nolan Christ, Kyle Seman, Caden Symons, Austin DeBoer, and Karl Schwarzer. The team manager is Sean Cherry and coaches are Manny Azevedo, Steve Saunders, and Tony Seman.

Coeur d’Alene opens the tournament at 1 p.m. (PST) Friday against Gross Pointe Woods, Michigan in Howard J. Lamade Stadium. The tournament is a double-elimination format with teams divided into two brackets – eight teams in the International Bracket and eight teams in the U.S. bracket.

To qualify for the national tournament, Coeur d’Alene won its district, state, and regional tournaments. Coeur d’Alene clinched the Northwest Regional Tournament in San Bernadino, Calif. with a 4-1 record and a 2-0 victory over Montana in Saturday’s championship game. The Northwest Regional Tournament is open to teams from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.

The World Series tournament will be broadcast on ESPN. The opening ceremonies are Thursday.