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Little League has opening day, supports resident, volunteer with cancer
by Holly Coombs holly@ironcountytoday.com
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The Little League Baseball season began its 78th year with an International Opening Day Celebration at the Field at the Hills last Saturday afternoon, and honored a member of the community battling cancer.

Brent Anderson, who has served 30 years in the military and a current full-bird colonel and the G3 for the Utah Army National Guard, is battling cancer.

“His military service has taken him all over the world, to places and people whose lives have been touched, and even saved, by BA,” Cedar American League President Amanda Giles said. “His 15-month deployment to Afghanistan earned him a Bronze Star for valor.”

Giles said that Anderson is very humble about his service and that he would rather talk about those he served than brag about himself.

Anderson had the opportunity to throw the first pitch at the beginning of the afternoon games last Saturday.

With the theme “ONE TEAM, ONE FIGHT,” the community pitched in with shirts and much support for Anderson and his family.

“This year half of our proceeds will be going to upgrade the equipment in each league,” Giles said. “The other half we are honored to donate to Anderson, who is battling cancer. The Little League Organization to us is as much about friends and family as it is about baseball.”

Anderson has been a huge part of serving and supporting the baseball community, National League President Colby Millet said.

With the opening day and with the sponsorship of Wilson & Whetten Orthodontics, the Cedar Little League will combine the proceeds from the event to give to Anderson.

“We are very grateful to have the support of so many local businesses,” Giles said. “Their generosity makes it possible for all of our kids to have a wonderful Little League experience. Our sponsors and volunteers provide funds for such expenses as equipment, uniforms, umpires, and upkeep of the facilities. Without them the Little League memories and dreams of many children would not be possible.”

Those interested in donating can e-mail Giles at aekgiles@gmail.com

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