Jawonio is thrilled to honor the HLL at this year’s 12th Annual Kidz Express on Thursday, May 2nd, 2019!
The Haverstraw Little League was founded in 1952 to provide opportunities for youth to play baseball in the Haverstraw community. Within ten years of its founding, the leadership of the league, Dominic “Babe” Gamboli, who was President at the time, and his colleagues began a philanthropic effort to support special needs children in the county who attended “Camp Jawonio” in New City. The legacy of giving and philanthropy that Mr. Gamboli and his colleagues started in 1961 still continues today.
“The motto for the Tournament of Champions was always ‘For those who can’t, by those who can.’ First and foremost, creating the Tournament of Champions (TOC) was about the cause; supporting the program for children with special needs in the community. Second, the TOC was the only game in town. It was the only opportunity that the winning teams from each of the Little Leagues across Rockland could play each other in a county wide tournament,” said Vinnie Gamboli, founder Dominic Gamboli’s son.
Since the beginning, the TOC has taken place at the end of the Little League season, in June, over the course of one week. At first the tournament travelled between the different Little League fields, but when Haverstraw Little League got the first scoreboard and lights in the county, the TOC settled there and has been there ever since. The winning teams of each Little League in Rockland County all participate.
The Tournament of Champions has not only made an impact in terms of the funds it has helped to raise, but more importantly, it has created philanthropists through the generations of Little League children and families from all across Rockland County who have gotten involved in the tournament, giving back and supporting children with special needs. It shows the incredible generosity of our community.