Team ‘uncles’ help JRW settle in during World Series week

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Ed Weinhoffer and Richard Smith have lived in the Williamsport area for 40 years, but for a few weeks every summer, they’re known by another name: Uncle

Ed has been a Little League World Series “Uncle” for three decades. Think of it as a team’s host – with the squad from the time their bus pulls up, to the time it pulls away.

Every volunteer uncle is randomly paired with one team for its entire stay. This year, Ed and Rick drew the Great Lakes champion Jackie Robinson West.

A big part of being an uncle is making sure the little things go right.

But at the heart of this program is a special bond between these volunteers and their assigned players – one that often lasts years into the future.


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