Re: “Santa Margarita Little League wins West Regional to earn World Series berth” [News, Aug. 13]: As the Little League World Series gets underway, I will be cheering for the Santa Margarita team and I hope all Californians will rally behind them.
I am proud of what the Santa Margarita boys have already accomplished. They have won district, sectional, divisional and regional championships. Their team is the only one representing California in the 16-team international tournament, which is a fabulous achievement in itself.
They, and all the other boys and girls playing sports, represent what is good about America. They come from different backgrounds but are united by a love of sport. They are learning the values of teamwork and respect for others, which are needed more than ever given the racism and violence we saw in Virginia last week.
We cannot change the past, but we can shape a more positive future by teaching our young people to respect all others.
Little League helps foster sportsmanship among its participants as they develop their athletic skills. While sports will not solve society’s problems, they can help build bridges between people.
— Patricia “Pat” Bates, state senator, 36th District
Published by the Orange County Register.