The first-ever little league tee-ball game pitting the Army against the Navy at the White House this summer has a Rochester connection.
One of the coaches of the Army’s team, the Fort Belvoir "Braves," is Maj. C.J. Wallington III, a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology. The Braves will challenge the "Yankees," from the Norfolk Naval Station, to a one-inning game on the White House South Lawn on Sunday, June 22.
Wallington, a team leader at Army Knowledge Online, the Army’s Intranet, graduated in 1987 from RIT’s College of Business and the university’s Army ROTC program. He’s the son of C.J. Wallington Jr., RIT professor of instructional technology. Playing in the game for the Braves will be 5-year-old C.J. Wallington IV.
Maj. Wallington says 28 little leaguers from both teams will also meet President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush, receive an autographed baseball from President Bush, take a tour of the White House and join in a picnic with the first family.
In the game, each player—5 and 6 years old—will get one time at bat and all will play in the field when the opposing team is batting. The game, the first of the year, is the seventh hosted at the White House since President Bush started the tradition in 2001.
"I was floored when I learned our team was chosen to play," Maj. Wallington says.
Adds Grandad—make that RIT’s Professor Wallington: "I always knew I’d have a son or grandson make it to the White House, but not both at once! I would love to see the game."
Note: For background, visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2001/04/20010425-2.html