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Little League softball champs honorary grand marshals for Livingstone homecoming parade

SALISBURY – Since winning the softball Little League World Series on Aug. 19, the players on Rowan Little League have been treated like celebrities.

On Saturday, they’re serving as Honorary Grand Marshals of Livingstone’s Homecoming Parade.

“It’s an honor to be recognized in such a special way from a college in our community,” said

Ellen Yang, daughter of Rowan Little League Coach Steve Yang. “I’m very excited because I think it’s very cool to be recognized at a college. I’ve never been part of any activities at Livingstone, and I look forward to being a part of this.”

So does teammate Taylor Walton

“I’d like to thank Livingstone College for this opportunity to meet new people in our community,” Taylor said. “Being a part of this parade is a big deal. I know a lot of kids my age and kids in general don’t have the opportunity to do this.”

Taylor’s mother Kim Walton said the girls are “thrilled to death” to be in the parade.

“We’ve had so many people in the community reach out to us, but I feel like this is time for the girls to give back to the community” Walton said. “Especially the college community.”

Make no mistake about it: Homecoming is a major undertaking at historically black colleges and universities. For starters, it lasts an entire week. Alumni return to reminisce with former classmates, students have a plethora of activities in which to engage and committees spend months planning just the right events.

Fraternities and sororities participate in a step show to see who captures bragging rights, and countless time goes into organizing the Homecoming Parade.

“The parade is one of the featured events of Homecoming, and we certainly take seriously the decision about whom to ask to represent us,” said Livingstone College President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr. “I’m delighted to have the world champion Rowan Little League softball team members as our Honorary Parade Grand Marshals this year.

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