Rec Department Launches Frank Bauman Basketball League for Grades 4 to 8

Bauman Basketball League players at the Rec Department's opening ceremony - Image (c) JMcCT
Young basketball players line up during the Rec Department’s opening ceremony for the Bauman Basketball League – Image (c) JMcCT

Submitted by Nikki Taylor, Bedford Recreation Department

To honor former Recreation Department Director Frank Bauman, the Recreation Department’s basketball league has been re-christened the “Frank Bauman Basketball League.”

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Watching the festivities, the Bauman family sat in the front row, surrounded (l-r) by Mike Rosenberg, Caroline Fedele, Amy Hamilton and Ron Richter. Image (c) JMcCT, 2014

Many members of the Bauman family were present, along with Selectmen Mike Rosenberg and Caroline Fedele, Recreation Commission Chair Ron Richter, parents, siblings, and players – each one sporting a new Bauman Basketball jersey.

In his comments Richter recalled fond memories of Bauman.   “Frank did everything he could for the children of Bedford,” Richter noted, “and this league is a great tribute to Frank and his family.” He pledged to continue Bauman’s tradition of unobtrusively monitoring games by coming in quietly and watching from the sidelines.

A tribute was being signed by League players - Image (c) JMcCT, 2014
A tribute was being signed by League players – Image (c) JMcCT, 2014

“In December 2013, we said goodbye to Bedford’s first Recreation Director and our dear friend,” said current Recreation Department Director Amy Hamilton.  “Frank served for thirty years, and was unwavering in his support of the youth of this town.  His passion was youth sports, and he was involved with administration, coaching and as a proud parent.  Frank coached and supervised the Recreation Basketball League for decades.”

Building ball-handling skills - Image (c) JMcCT, 2014
Building ball-handling skills – Image (c) JMcCT, 2014

Approximately 230 young basketball players in grades 4 to 8 gathered in the gym at Lane School on Friday, December 5 for the Bauman Basketball League’s inauguration. Games are played on Saturday mornings and every team has a 1 hour practice each week.  League games will be played through mid-March with approximately 230 kids from grades 4 to 8, 45 volunteer coaches, and 29 high school students who are employed as referees.

“We could not run this program without the help of our dedicated volunteers,” said Hamilton.  “We appreciate all of the support and hard work they put in to teaching the game of basketball to the youth of Bedford.

Hamilton continued, “The Basketball Committee has done a great job coordinating many things, including the formation of teams and the coordination of each age group.  They work all year long to provide Bedford with solid basketball programming.  Committee members include Brian Forman- President & Boys 4/5 Coordinator; Rick Proulx- Referee Coordinator; Pete Zorn- Girls 4/5 Coordinator; Paul Guarino-Girls 6-8 Coordinator; Tom Mulligan- Boys 6-8 Coordinator; and Mike O’Shaughnessy.

 

 


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