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Buffalo Grove Recreation Association

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May, 2020

9th Annual Dalton Hinkle Memorial Tournament

Good morning!

This year would have marked our 9th Annual Dalton Hinkle Memorial Tournament, started by our very own Gregg Winter in 2012 to honor and remember Dalton Hinkle. This week I have been communicating with my friends on the board, buddies, coaches and even a few former players about how sad we all are that we cannot have our tournament that means so much more than baseball to us.  

This morning I woke up at 5:00 AM as I would normally have done on the Saturday of our tournament ready to put baseballs in all the field boxes, get bagels for the volunteers, set up our Information Tent...well you get my point. That was not to be today.  I did go out this morning, and drove past Old Farm. There was dew on the ground and a big bright sun in the sky, but no bases, no pitchers mound and worse of all no players, coaches, umps, volunteers, or fans at the fields.

With all that said, while I was driving around this morning with my wife Carrie, mask and all, I decided I would not let this pandemic ruin what is always my favorite weekend of the year.  At which time I felt it was more important than ever that I do what I have done for the last seven years prior, and send an email about what this tournament is all about. 
For those that do not know, Dalton Hinkle was a five year old boy who lost his life a little over nine years ago. Dalton's Mom and Dad, George and Dena, have both volunteered for the BGRA as well as other community events, and still do to this day.  Dalton was the youngest of five, all boys.  He was around Jay Jones all the time during the baseball season with a smile that would make you think...What a very cute kid. What's he up to? He was young, innocent and playfully mischievous, and he loved baseball.

At this point I would normally have said something personal and ask everyone to play the game like Dalton would have, with childlike innocence, for fun, and with no cares in the world.  Since we won't be playing baseball this weekend, however, I ask you all to still spend this weekend in Dalton's honor, having fun, enjoying each other, and maybe even getting into a little playful mischief.  

Please take care of yourselves, your families and friends.  We will all get to play and watch baseball again, and even have our tournament that we love so much.

See you all on a baseball field sometime soon!!

Russ Goldstein


Buffalo Grove Recreation Association
P.O. Box 5872 
Buffalo Grove, Illinois 60089

Email: [email protected]