ELKO – Baseball was in Ted Harrison’s blood.

He was a member of Elko’s 1959 state championship Little League team, a memory he always carried near and dear to his heart.

When Harrison died on Jan. 26 in Casa Grande, Arizona, he made sure he left his mark on the Elko community – leaving a check for $5,000 to the Elko Little League.

“Baseball is a tradition for our whole family. Ted and I were snowbirds for about five years. We finally sold our house on Ninth and Court Street about four years ago, but we always considered Elko home,” Marilee Harrison said. “Ted wanted the money to go to back to the community and serve the youth in the sport he loved. My son Pete (Harper) also played Little League, and his sons Miles and Jude play today.”

Marilee, Pete, Miles and Jude presented the $5,000 donation to Marilee’s cousin, Gaylen Christean, on Sept. 3 during Ted’s celebration of life at the Elko Basque Clubhouse.

“Ted wanted his ashes spread at the Ruby Marshes (Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge), so we thought it would be a good time to do the celebration of life and present the check,” Marilee said. “Ted played Little League, Babe Ruth, high school and enjoyed baseball as an adult. His dream was to attend the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.”

Thanks to people like Ted and Marilee Harrison, Elko’s youth will continue to have extracurricular activities to participate in.

Organizations such as Elko Little League would not exist without the generous donations of the public and countless volunteers who give up much of their free time in order to provide positive influences in the lives of so many children.

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