When Rhode Island’s Cumberland American Little League team was recently eliminated from the Little League World Series by just one run, the most memorable part of the game was still to come. Coach Dave Belisle gave an unrehearsed, impromptu speech to his devastated players afterward as they tried to fight back tears.
A video of the speech, in which Belisle assures the team that there should be no disappointment in their effort, quickly went viral, inspiring not just Little League fans but people all over the nation and world.
“You’re going to take that for the rest of your life, what you provided for the town of Cumberland,” Belisle told his players. “You had the whole place jumping, right? You had the whole state jumping. You had New England jumping. You had ESPN jumping. OK? Because you want to know why? They like fighters. They like sportsmen. They like guys who don’t quit. They like guys who play the game the right way. We got down to the nitty-gritty. We’re one of the best teams in the world. Think about that for a second — the world!”
Belisle later told The Today Show that this is his last season coaching.
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