Little League patch goes worldwide

Frank Lewis

July 8, 2011

A patch designed for area Little League baseball and softball players will soon go worldwide.
A collaboration of former Major League Baseball star Al Oliver, Frank Thompson of the Scioto Prescription Drug Task Force Action Team, Brent Woodard of The Rock Cries Out Studios and District 11 Little League Administrator Don Rawlins resulted in production of a patch reading Get on Base, Not on Drugs.
We actually settled on the patch before we got the coffee we ordered, Rawlins said.
The phrase Get on Base, Not on Drugs was no stranger to Oliver.
It has been over 20 years, Oliver said. When I began to do motivational speaking I sat down and thought about a lot of things that I would speak on when I went to corporations, businesses, colleges, universities, high schools, the whole gamut, and sometimes even personal contact with people. You have to have a message when you are a motivational speaker, and I thought about the drug problem that was going across the country, and I said, Get on Base, Not on Drugs.
Thompson took that slogan to Woodard, a 2000 graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design, who is wrapping up a masters degree in studio arts painting at Marshall University.
I got in touch with Frank and found out what was going to be needed what kind of imagery they wanted, Woodard said. I wanted to do something that kind of had a unique look to it but, at the same time, looked like it belonged in that field of patchwork.
The next group that had to sign off on the design and production was the District 11 Little League.
Any time you put a patch on a Little League uniform it has to be approved, looked at, designed, and thats when we talked to Brent. And I think we looked at a couple of other designs, Rawlins said. Now this patch will be going on not only in out district but this patch will be going worldwide. And it all started right here.
Thompson, who has made it his lifes work to crusade against the use of illegal drugs, said he knows it is important to reach children at an early age.
Weve been trying to reach the youth, and to try to do everything we can to educate youth about Rx drugs, Thompson said. I just thought this would be something that maybe would be mindful in the public eye.
Thompson thanked Mike and Melissa Pistole of Uniforms to the ResQ for quickly producing the patch, as well as Southern Ohio Medical Center, J&H Reinforcing and Structural Erectors, Inc., McGovney Ready Mix, Executive Coach, Portsmouth Taxi, Alarm Tech Security, and Livingston and Sons Company for making financial contributions that led to the production of the patch. He also thanked Mike Vermillion of Imagine Design for offering a design.
I just hope the youth in our area and whoever wears this patch are mindful of the problems. Its a step in the right direction, Thompson said.

FRANK LEWIS may be reached at (740) 353-3101,
ext. 232, or flewis@heartlandpublications.com.