WATERFORD, Conn.—Waterford's Dan Spangler, a senior on the men's soccer team at the Academy, had the honor of throwing out the first pitch on Saturday as part of Opening Day Ceremonies for Waterford North Little League, where he played as a kid.
Spangler, is a four-year member of the men's soccer team, a team that won the ECAC New England Championship this past fall finishing with a record of 13-6-1 overall and 4-1-1 in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).
"It was a tremendous honor and opportunity to commence the Waterford North Little League season by throwing out the first pitch," said Spangler. "This was a great opportunity not just to be a part of the excitement of the Opening Ceremonies but also to give back to the community partly responsible for shaping who I am today."
"We were elated to have Dan, who has become a beacon of pride for both our town and our league, throw out the first pitch as part of the Opening Day Ceremonies, "said Ray LaForte, President of Waterford North Little League. "His success at the Coast Guard Academy has been outstanding and his upcoming graduation from the Academy is something that should be celebrated by the town of Waterford. As a former player in the Waterford North Little League, we would like the opportunity to show the young kids of Waterford North, just what a kid from Waterford can accomplish."
"On the fields of the Waterford North Little League complex I met teammates that became lifelong friends and coaches that became lifelong mentors," said Spangler "It takes a community to raise a boy and the little league community was certainly part of the community that raised me."