Abraham “Junior” Sorensen, 85, of Lincoln has been selected by Area Agencies on Aging in Kansas to be honored as Keeping Seniors in the Game!SM first pitcher on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at the 7 p.m. feature game of the National Baseball Congress (NBC) World Series.
The 81st NBC World Series happens at Wichita’s Lawrence-Dumont Stadium Games begin Friday, July 24 and go until Saturday, August 8.
Sorensen is one of 16 Kansans over age 80 throughout the state selected for the honor. The Keeping Seniors In the GameSM initiative recognizes the vitality and contributions of older Kansans and raises awareness of Area Agencies on Aging– a national network of groups that provide unbiased answers and real help to seniors and family caregivers with the goal of helping seniors stay happy and independent in their home communities.
Sorensen, a native of Denmark, a small community in northwest Lincoln County, lives in Lincoln, Kansas. He and his wife Essie were married for 50 years. He is a Navy veteran and a retired farmer. He’s a regular at Lincoln’s Senior Center and on the golf course. He enjoys keeping up with his two children, five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Sorensen loves baseball. He has great memories of 1947 when he played ball for Sylvan Grove’s Town team. From 1948 through 1950 he played on teams for Denmark and for the Lincoln Hawks as on American Legion Baseball teams in the area. His favorite baseball memories include hitting the first home run at the 1949 NBC state tournament –the homer that got The Lincoln Hawks into NBC’s national tournament that year. Although the Hawks didn’t make it too far in the National tournament, it was an honor for their team to play in the World Series.
Sorensen was nominated for the Keeping Seniors in the Game!SM honor by the North Central-Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging. This group serves seniors and caregivers in Lincoln County and in 17 other counties in the heartland of Kansas and publishes the Keynotes newspaper for older Kansans.
“We are very happy to work with the National Baseball Congress to recognize the amazing contributions that Junior Sorensen and other older Kansans make to our country, our hometowns and our communities,” said Julie Govert Walter, Executive Director of the North Central-Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging who leads the Keeping Seniors In The Game!SM initiative.
The NBC World Series was founded by baseball innovator Hap Dumont in 1934. Over the years, the NBC has launched the careers of many baseball icons. The 81st World Series includes teams throughout the United States. For NBC World Series information and ticket prices go to www.nbcbaseball.com or call 316-977-9400.