Local American League umpire and Village of Progress support local charities with golf outing

A golf outing was held Monday, July 10, at Silver Ridge Golf Club, Oregon, to support local charities. Larry Young, Major League Baseball American League Umpire, along with the Village of Progress sponsored the event. Young, who was raised in Oregon and now lives in Roscoe, has been an American League Umpire since 1985. He has worked one All-Star game, four Division series, two Championship series and one World Series. He currently serves as a crew chief on the MLB Umpire staff.

Taking personal time on the day before the All-Star game, held in Detroit this year, Young represented his Foundation, Larry Young and Friends Charities, a foundation that has raised $100,000 for charities in Illinois.

Young has returned to his hometown, Oregon for several years to attend the golf outing to raise money for the Village of Progress, a workshop for developmentally disabled adults, and other charities.

Young’s family, including his wife, Joan, and two daughters, Jessica, 18, and Darcy, 14, found time to be with him at the golf outing.

Twenty-nine foursomes, including Young and his wife, took to the 18- hole golf course.

While in Oregon, Larry greeted his fans, and took time for a banquet in the evening. He actively took part in the raffle of items that were donated.

Young has served as president of the Larry Young and Friends Charities. He is the recipient of the JCPenney Golden Rule Award, Special Olympics Volunteer of the Year (1994), Florida Diamond Club Umpire of the Year, and Goodwill Abilities Center Distinguished Service Award.

In a personal interview with M.J. Shoemaker, a member of the board of directors for the Village of Progress, he spoke of his youth in Oregon and of his knowledge of the Village of Progress Center established in 1969. His sister, Karen attends the Village and his comments included his great respect for her and for his family. “When a family has a child with special needs,” Young said, “they tend to have a clearer insight into all mentally handicapped people.”

Young and his family greeted everyone present. Many were classmates and personal friends. Giving time and friendship to those with special needs are a gift from this giant of a man, both physically and heartwise.

From the August 17-23, 2005, issue

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