Coach inspires team after Little League World Series loss with stirring speech

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Kids Receive Speech To Remember


By MEGAN BARRETO

After a heartbreaking 8-7 loss in the Little League World Series, Coach Dave Belisle of the Cumberland American team from Rhode Island delivered a speech to remember to his team, who he referred to as 'his boys' on Monday night.

Belisle huddled his emotional, teary-eyed boys behind first base following the game and reminded them that they had a lot to be proud of and that they "had their hometown jumpin', the whole state jumpin', you had New England jumpin', you had ESPN jumpin.'"

The Providence Journal notes that Belisle was just as emotional as the boys, saying "It's easy for me to coach like that when you have such wonderful kids that dedicate themselves, that respect you as much as I respect them ... They gave me a summer of my life that I'll never forget."

Belisle capped his speech off with "I love you guys,'' he said. "I'm going to love you forever. You've given me the most precious moment of my athletic and coaching career, and I've been coaching a long time. I'm getting to be an old man, I need memories like this, I need kids like this. You're all my boys. You'll be the boys of summer."

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Coach inspires team after Little League World Series loss with stirring speech
Cumberland manager David Belisle, center, talks with pitcher CJ Davock, left, and catcher Trey Bourque during the fifth inning of an elimination baseball game against Chicago at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. Chicago won 8-7. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Cumberland's Brendan Wright waits to shake hands with the winning Chicago team after a 8-7 loss in an elimination baseball game at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Cumberland players Nick Croteau, left, Brendan Wright, center, and Jayden Struble wait to shake hands with the winning Chicago team after a 8-7 loss in an elimination baseball game at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Cumberland's Addison Kopack, left, and CJ Davock, center, score behind Chicago catcher Brandon Green on a triple by Tyler Provost (9) off Chicago pitcher Trey Hondras in the first inning of an elimination baseball game at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Cumberland's Tyler Provost (9) drives in two runs with a triple off Chicago pitcher Trey Hondras in the first inning of an elimination baseball game at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Cumberland pitcher CJ Davock (10) delivers during the first inning of an elimination baseball game against Chicgo at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Chicago's Pierce Jones (23) rounds third to congratulations from Cumberland second baseman John Belisle after leading off the game with a solo home run off Cumberland pitcher CJ Davock in the first inning of an elimination baseball game at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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