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Youth Baseball

American Legion Baseball
Many of the greatest names in the sport spent their teenage summers in American Legion Baseball uniforms. Hall of Famers such as Dave Winfield, Rollie Fingers, Reggie Jackson and Stan Musial still speak of the influence Legion ball had on their lives and careers.
Each year, nearly 100,000 athletes participate in American Legion Baseball, the nation’s oldest and most respected amateur baseball program. Posts sponsor teams in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, giving young men wholesome, healthy activity and lessons in sportsmanship, loyalty, and respect for rules and fair play.
“I was proud to wear The American Legion uniform because it was the first uniform I had,” remembered Stan “The Man” Musial, the former St. Louis Cardinals great and member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. “The American Legion has supported baseball for many years, and it has an outstanding program for our young players.”
These pictures are from the spring 2016 American Legion Post 77 baseball season. Next season when Donnie Noble, our team's youth coach, ask for veterans to stand at the games, lets make sure we are there to stand and support.
We will continue to post information and schedules as the next season approaches.
They proudly wear Post 77 on their uniform and let make sure we proudly cheer them on. That encouragement may make the difference in a championship season.

American Legion Baseball

 
American Legion Baseball is a national institution, having thrived through a world war, several national tragedies, and times of great prosperity as well as great despair.
 
The league still stands behind the traditional values upon which it was founded in 1925. American Legion Baseball has taught hundreds of thousands of young Americans the importance of sportsmanship, good health and active citizenship. The program is also a promoter of equality, making teammates out of young athletes regardless of their income levels or social standings. American Legion Baseball has been, and continues to be, a stepping stone to manhood for millions of young men who have gone on to serve their country or community, raise families or play the sport at the highest level.
 
The first American Legion Baseball World Series was held in Philadelphia in 1926. Yonkers, N.Y, Post 321 beat a team from Pocatello, Idaho, capping off what appeared to be a successful first season.
 
American Legion Baseball enjoys a reputation as one of the most successful and tradition-rich amateur athletic leagues. Today, the program registers over 5,400 teams in all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico. Almost 100,000 youths, ages 15 to 19, participate annually. Since its inception, the league has had 10 million players, and nearly 60 percent of current college players are program graduates.
 
Yet baseball isn't the only area where former players have excelled. Legion Baseball graduates have gone on to prominence in other career fields. Former Vice President Dick Cheney played for Post 2 in Casper, Wyo. Famed journalist and author Tom Brokaw played Legion ball in South Dakota, and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack was on a team in Pennsylvania.
 
In short, Legion Baseball graduates are proud contributors throughout our society and often are the most successful people in their respective career fields.
 
Post 77 Continues this Tradition with Our Baseball Team that plays in the American Legion Baseball League.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Henderson County's coach Ray Gill, center, talks with his catcher, Avery Sneed and pitcher Thomas Waddell during a game against Shelby.
American Legion Baseball

About Boys State

 
American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for U.S. high school students. A participatory program in which students become part of the operation of local, county and state government, Boys State was founded in 1935 to counter the socialism-inspired Young Pioneer Camps. The program was the idea of two Illinois Legionnaires, Hayes Kennedy and Harold Card, who organized the first Boys State at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.
 
 
American Legion Auxiliary sponsors a separate but similar program for young women called Girls State.
 
 
At Boys State, participants learn the rights, privileges and responsibilities of franchised citizens. The training is objective and centers on the structure of city, county and state governments. Operated by students elected to various offices, Boys State activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law-enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, choruses and recreational programs.
 
Legion posts select high school juniors to attend the program. In most cases, individual expenses are paid by a sponsoring post, a local business or another community-based organization.
 
Boys State programs currently exist in all Legion departments except Hawaii. As separate corporations, Boys State programs vary in content and method of procedure, but each adheres to the same basic concept: teaching government from the township to the state level.
American Legion Boys State

Oratorical Contest

Legion Oratorical Contest exists to develop deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among high school students.
 
Since 1938, the program has presented participants with an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of our nation’s laws, the ability to think and speak clearly, and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship.
 
The program has featured numerous politicians and prominent contestants over the years, including former president candidate Alan Keyes and CNN anchor Lou Dobbs.
 
Young orators earn some of the most generous college scholarships available to high school students. Over $138,000 in scholarships can be awarded each year. The overall national contest winner gets an $18,000 scholarship. Second place takes home $16,000, and third gets $14,000.
 
Each department (state) winner who is certified into and participates in the national contest’s first round receives a $1,500 scholarship. Those who advance past the first round receive an additional $1,500 scholarship. The American Legion’s National Organization awards the scholarships, which can be used at any college or university in the United States.
 
High school students under age 20 are eligible. Competition begins at the post level and advances to a state competition. Legion department representatives certify one winner per state to the national contest, where department winners compete against each other in two speaking rounds.
 
The contest caps off with a final round that decides the three top finishers.
Speaking subjects must be on some aspect of the U.S. Constitution, with some emphasis on the duties and obligations of citizens to our government. Speeches are eight to 10 minutes long; three- to five-minute speeches on an assigned topic also are part of the contest
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
V A Hospital Visits
 
 

There are veterans just a few miles from Hendersonville in the VA hospital that need and appreciate visits from people who care. The Auxilliary of Post 77 has a group of dedicated volunteers that help fullfill that need and show people care.
 
Unit Members Sharon Price and Lona Wilson go to the VA hospital the second Tuesday of each month for BINGO with the patients in CLC Building and serve snacks. Their efforts are always rewarded by the joy they bring to the veterans they visit. If you would like to go, call President Bessie at 828-692-8414.
 
 
The Charles George VAMC depends on the good will of our benefactors and volunteers who wish to give something back to America’s heroes. The volunteers from the Auxiliary help provide some of that priceless good will.
 


Jr ROTC

The American Legion provides support to the Junior ROTC programs through providing metals and scholorships for outstanding members.
 
The JR ROTC participates in special events and serves as an influence force in the high schools.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Legion Oratorical Contest
City Dedicates Drop-off Box for American flags to be Retired
Commander Shuford Edmisten, American Legion Post 77, presents HonorAir founder and City Councilman Jeff Miller with a special matted copy of the Pledge of Allegiance at a dedication ceremony for a new collection site outside city hall for American flags in need of retirement
 
The Members of Post 77 will collect the flags and properly dispose of the them with all the respect due the symbol of the American.
 
Members of Post 77 works with local Boy Scouts to allow them to participate and and learn about the American Flag..  

Memorial and Veterans Day Cememonies 

Post 77 sponsors services at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Vererans Memorial section. Monuments and  Flags are there to honor our fallen heros and those who passed after a life of service to our God our Great Nation and thier Familes. Many community organizations take part in the Day including the Four H Club who has placed the American Flag on all Veterans' Graves. Veterans Day provides an opportunity to honor our living veterans and their contribution to our nation which we can never forget. Our armed services is comprised of volunteers able and willing to accept the role of protectors of out freedom.
 
 
 
 
 

Disabled American Veterans

DAV is a means that supports veterans who are disabled or need special assistance to live. One key benefit of DAV is providing transportation to veterans who have no other way to travel to the doctor or other necesary events. Without this key service, veteran's lives would be significantly effected.
 
Post 77 is honored to supply support to DAV and the assistance it provides.
 
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