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Boys Town Has Large Presence at College World Series

Boys Town Color Guard at College World Series

​There is one special time of the year where people from across the country flock to the middle of the United States and bond over their shared love of America's past time. The College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska draws hundreds of thousands of people together to celebrate achievement in the game of baseball. This year, Boys Town had a special place in the College World Series, including an opportunity to perform on the field, an opportunity to have a booth in Baseball Village and an opportunity for the youth and families of Boys Town to attend the College World Series.

The Boys Town Color Guard and Voices has participated in the National Anthem Ceremonies of the College World Series for over 20 years; while other presenters must audition each year for a spot, Boys Town is awarded a special spot in these ceremonies. This year the Voices of Boys Town sang the National Anthem during game 9, accompanied by a video on the scoreboard honoring Boys Town's 100 year celebration.

In addition to these presentations, Boys Town was chosen for the Flying Flags Charity event. The organizers of Omaha Baseball Village host this event as a way to recognize local nonprofits, while also raising the flags for the teams participating in the College World Series. This year Boys Town was chosen to tell the community about our organization and what we do for the community. Boys Town then raised the flag for Florida State University, who's a great supporter of Boys Town North Florida.

If fans wanted to learn more about Boys Town they were able to head over to Baseball Village to view our booth. This presented the perfect setting to reintroduce fans to Boys Town and its mission. Employees at the booth were able to talk about Boys Town programs, show off Boys Town baseball memorabilia and encourage the CWS fans to visit the Village.  

"The Boys Town display at Baseball Village is a wonderful baseball-related collection of artifacts," said Herb Hames, Senior Development Director, Nebraska/Iowa Region. "The College World Series is the biggest sports event in Omaha and I love that Boys Town has been involved and that our kids get to attend it."

That's right, each year Boys Town is the recipient of hundreds of general admission tickets by the Directors of the College World Series Board. Hames has been involved with the College World Series for 28 years as the volunteer ticket chairman, which gives youth the opportunity to get off campus and enjoy a night of baseball and making memories with their brothers, sisters and Family-Teachers.

As a special gift, Boys Town's Vice Mayor also presented a copy of our 100 Year Anniversary book to Jack Diesing, Chair of College World Series Inc, and Ron Prettyman, Managing Director of Championships and Alliances for the NCAA.

"This is an exciting year for Boys Town and we're so grateful to the event organizers for recognizing the importance of our centennial and providing us with the opportunity to share Father Flanagan's dream with baseball fans from across the country," said Melissa Farris, Boys Town Marketing Specialist. "None of it would have been possible, however, without the support of dozens of employees and their families who volunteered at our exhibit at the Omaha Baseball Village or were involved in other College World Series events to represent Boys Town."