Southwest Athletics Gearing Up for the 2017 Babe Ruth World Series



Baseball will be invading Clemmons in a very big—and extremely fun—way this coming August.

The Southwest Athletics Babe Ruth League—that’s the premier baseball and softball organization in the Triad for players ages four to 18—will serve as the host of the 2017 Cal Ripken Major/60 World Series, August 3rd–10th, 2017. Once Barry Leonard, president of Southwest Athletics, discovered Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken Baseball was searching for the perfect host site for their 2017 World Series tournament, he set the wheels in motion to secure this exciting sporting event for the Village of Clemmons. Without a doubt, the League was impressed by both the complex and its amenities, and the overwhelming community spirit and support that Clemmons has always shared for youth sports of every kind.

Talented teams of eleven- and twelve-year-olds from eight U.S. regions will compete at the Southwest Athletic Fields at Wilson Park, bringing excitement for spectators, and a golden opportunity for local baseball enthusiasts to share some volunteer time.

With the event expected to attract thousands of visitors to the area over the week-long tournament, the Clemmons community will be blessed with the support of this year’s title sponsor, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, as well as what they hope will be an enthusiastic response from legacy players who have grown up and played ball here, and can’t wait to give back their time and energy to support a new generation of young players.

“Southwest Athletics has shown a strong commitment to the well-being of its players, and we are delighted to come alongside them at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to impact the health and wellness of all the young athletes and their families, as the official Health Care partner of Southwest Athletics,” says Cristin Ferguson, M.D., Associate Professor of orthopedic surgery and sports medicine chief at Wake Forest Baptist. “As the title sponsor for the 2017 Babe Ruth League’s Cal Ripken Major/60 Regional Tournament and World Series, as well as Southwest Athletics’ boys’ baseball and girls’ softball regular seasons, we will assist and educate players and their parents about sports injuries and treatments, while helping support two great events this year.”

Jon Marzano, a member of the Southwest Athletics Board of Directors, says the group is super excited about the World Series coming to town and notes that a successful run will make Clemmons a candidate to host future baseball events as well.

“This really will be a great economic boon for the community,” explains Jon, noting the benefits for hotels, restaurants, and other local businesses. “We are in contact with businesses about ways they can advertise during the tournament and create as much visibility as possible.”

Dedicated volunteers will also be huge to the event’s success, and many, many people—from civic groups to Boy Scout troops and countless individual baseball fans with a willingness to join in—will be needed to assist in a variety of ways throughout the seven-day tournament: traffic control, manning the gates, concessions, and, of course, souvenir sales.

President Barry Leonard also salutes the commitment of the families who are involved in the sport and wholeheartedly support their young players. “These families have had a whirlwind of a summer, and what will go on in Clemmons this August is the culmination of all the hard work and dedication of these players, teams, and their families throughout the spring season,” he says.

Everyone involved with Southwest Athletics hopes all Forsyth Magazines readers will come out to the park and watch a game and share the event with friends and neighbors.

For information on 2017 Babe Ruth World Series tickets or volunteer opportunities for your family or community group, visit Swathletics.org. Southwest Athletics serves youth in both Forsyth County and Davie County, and would like to thank not only Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, but also the Village of Clemmons, the Clemmons Community Foundation, and local businesses Krispy Kreme, Flow Chevrolet, Marzano Capital Group, as well as local retailers like Hip Chics Boutique, for already being on board with their support of this exciting sports week in August!


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