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Umpiring is a chance for Summit Point man to volunteer

July 31, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

Helping Hands: saluting volunteers



Name: George Burke

Age: 56

Resides in: Summit Point, W.Va.

Where do you volunteer and what do you do there?

Burke said he has been umpiring for the Babe Ruth League/Cal Ripken World Series for the past three years. This year, Burke will be journeying to Martin, Tenn., for the World Series.

What prompted you to begin volunteering?

"I love kids, and I love baseball," Burke said. "The league was known as the Bambino League until four or five years ago.

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"I schedule 34 teams in Winchester, Va., from April to August."

What is your biggest reward from volunteering?

Burke said he likes to see kids involved in worthwhile activities and enjoys being a part of that.

What impact has volunteering had on your life?

"I meet people from all over," Burke said.

What keeps you busy when you're not volunteering?

Burke works as a superintendent with Callas Contractors in Hagerstown. He and his wife Cathie have been married 38 years and have a grown son and daughter.

Want to volunteer with the Babe Ruth League? Visit www.baberuthleague.org. The league is based in Trenton, N.J.

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