Dear fans, families, sponsors and volunteers,
2015 was a challenging year but we certainly have a lot to be proud of and a lot to be thankful for.
We had a team full of terrific players who spent the summer playing ball and participating in greater Danbury community events. They hit home runs on the diamond and read books to kids in schools. They ran the bases like pros and spent time at the local senior center talking baseball. They fielded ground balls and pop ups and helped up collect food for an area food pantry and met the Prospects at the Prospector Theater in Ridgefield.
We had a great group of interns this year, too. They were the faces and the voices of the Danbury Westerners for many of you. They came from schools throughout the country to work and learn and hone their skills. They made you smile with their on-field games and when the team was traveling, kept you informed via the internet broadcast and game day recaps.
Our host families made connections with players that will last a lifetime. And, we hope, you'll consider the benefits of becoming a host family starting in 2016.
Our sponsors are the lifeblood of our organization. Without their ongoing support we wouldn't be able to put together this team year after year. It takes a lot of money annually to run this program, and without the financial support of our sponsors... well.... it just wouldn't happen.
Our fans are the best in the league. They travel far and wide to support the Westerners (and see some cool places, too). They attend every home game and cheer for every hit, every catch and every player. We're honored to have such loyal, loving fans.
Our program continues to excel, even if it doesn’t translate to wins on the scoreboard all of the time. We had six players selected in this year’s MLB draft, and several more signed as non-drafted free agents. In 2015 there were 50 former Westerners on professional baseball team rosters, and five played in the Major Leagues, including AL Rookie of the Year candidate Billy Burns. Several more advanced in the minor leagues, including Mike Hauschild, Jimmy Reed and Zach Shank.
As always, we're eager for your feedback. Did we do something great this summer? Is there something we could do better? Is there something new you think we should try? Please let us know by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you again for your support!