Gillette park, Little League make Wilson shine

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This past week, I had the distinct pleasure of spending a significant amount of time back in the Wilson community. My little brother’s all-star baseball team participated in the District 6 Little League state tournament last week, and once again I was treated to a wonderful few days back in one of my favorite places in North Carolina.

Specifically, I write this message to commend the city of Wilson for the fantastic public investment that is the J. Burt Gillette Athletic Complex, and for the great testament to the people of Wilson that is the Wilson City Little League.

The complex itself is the crown jewel of Little League baseball in eastern North Carolina. It is always so much fun to pack up the family and hit the road for the state tournament, knowing that we’ll get to enjoy games in such a comfortable stadium with great amenities. Of course, as enjoyable as it is for us, the boys never fail to be over the moon with excitement when presented with a chance to play in such a sizable stadium and in front of such a great crowd.

As nice as the facility is, the people involved with Wilson City Little League are second to none. From the sportsmanship and talent of the players to the professionalism, friendliness and knowledge of the coaches, the Wilson City Little League is yet another example of the exceptional people who call Wilson County home. Thank you to all involved for hosting us every year, and thank you to the people of Wilson for sharing your community with us, albeit for a short time.

Wilsonians should be extremely proud of the great things happening in their community, and Little League baseball at the J. Burt Gillette Athletic Complex is most definitely among the greatest.

Lee Rodio


The writer is former co-campaign manager for the Committee to Reelect Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield.