Catonsville Men's Civic Association host first kickball game for young players

That the Red team emerged victorious over Blue in the first kickball game featuring players from the Children's Home of Catonsville and the Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents (RICA) was perhaps the least important result of the Saturday event.

"It was phenomenal," said Jerry Amass, president of the Catonsville Men's Civic Association that hosted the event, which also included a picnic following the game on Bloomsbury Avenue campus of the Children's Home.

As is usually the case, Amass said, the 20 players from the Children's Home and the 14 from the Baltimore campus of RICA were subdued and reserved at the beginning of the game.

But the first inning wasn't even over before the players, who were mixed between the two teams, were cheering and high-fiving during the game.

Amass and Tom Cleaver served as managers, mixing and matching the 11 players on the field.

Other members of the men's group acted as umpires, he said.

Amass noted that the men's group has done projects with Baltimore-based RICA for 30 years and for Catonsville-based Children's Home for nearly that long.

The idea of combining both groups for one event seemed like a natural, he said.

Hot dogs and hamburgers were donated for the picnic and the group purchased salads, chips, soda and dessert.

"It's sure to become one of our regular projects," he said. "It was just a fun event."

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