As a youngster, my son Jordan always dreaded his summer road trip. He lived in Ohio, I lived in Massachusetts and we couldn’t afford plane tickets. The central point of his dread was the six hours it took to cross the state of Pennsylvania. I can hardly wait to tell him what the Bartow AAA All-Stars are facing. They have a seven-hour road trip and they aren’t leaving the state.
The destination is Freeport, a trip of 414 miles one way. It is the site of the 2013 Florida state tournament for this division. It is a long way from home and consequently a little on the expensive side. That financial fact has changed the whole dynamic in a lot of ways. If the players are asked to write an essay on “How I Spent My Summer Vacation,” more than one is likely to talk about what they learned about fundraising.
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