Community beaming in 'Purple Pride,' rallying behind Lufkin Little League team

Community beaming in 'Purple Pride,' rallying behind Lufkin Little League team
Photo: KTRE Staff
Photo: KTRE Staff

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - People across Lufkin is wearing the purple with pride and beaming with joy from Wednesday night's win.

"I just want every one of those young men to know how proud we are in Lufkin, TX, and that they wear our banner, that they wear our name," said Bob Brown, the mayor of City of Lufkin.

He hand-wrote personal notes to each member of the Thundering 13. The mayor said the young team has created ever-lasting memories.

"One of these days they're going to look back 60 years from now and say, 'I was on the first ever championship team from Lufkin, TX'," Brown said.

Now on their way to Williamsport, PA, the team generated plenty of resources from the community to help them reach this point. The team raised funds from selling T-shirts and yard signs from community businesses such as Real Graphics.

"You can see everyone purpled out in the stands, and we were really happy to do that and they were able to make funds off of that to help support them and all their expenses being away from home and hotels and stuff like that, so we're able to partner with them get some funding to help support their efforts," said Emily Fleniken, the co-owner of Real Graphics.

Extending the same gesture, Lufkin-based Brookshire Brothers plans to give each player and their families a $300 gift card for travel expenses.

With a Little League team making an impact and having backbone on the community, the Lufkin All Stars have helped put a spotlight on our town.

"It's a good thing for Lufkin, and the kids did a great job. It's something they'll remember for the rest of their lives, and now, they're going to the World Series," said Keith Wright, Lufkin's city manager.

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