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R.I. coach inspires after LLWS loss

8/19/2014
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Kids Receive Speech To Remember

Rhode Island Little League coach Dave Belisle delivers a meaningful speech to his players after their loss to Illinois.

Rhode Island Little League coach Dave Belisle -- who is also hockey coach at juggernaut Mount St. Charles Academy in Woonsocket, R.I. -- delivered an inspirational speech to his Cumberland team after it was eliminated from the Little League World Series with an 8-7 loss to Chicago on Monday night.

ESPN captured the moment. You can watch the video above as Belisle huddles his boys, tears in their eyes, behind first base and gives the following speech:

"Everybody heads up high, let's talk for a moment here. Look, I gotta see your eyes, guys. There's no disappointment in your effort. In the whole tournament, in the whole season, it's been an incredible journey. Look at the score: 8-7, 12-10 in hits. It came to the last out, we didn't quit.

"That's us! Boys, that's us. The only reason why I'll probably end up shedding a tear is because this is the last time I'm going to end up coaching you guys. But I'm going to bring back with me ... and you guys are going to bring back, something that no other team can provide but you guys, and that's pride. Pride.

You're going to take back for the rest of your life what you provided for a town in Cumberland. You had the whole place jumping. You had the whole state jumping. You had New England jumping. You had ESPN jumping. Because you wanna know why? They like fighters. They like sportsmen. They like guys that don't quit. They like guys that play 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!

"We need to go see our parents, because they're so proud of you. I want everyone to come in here for one big hug and then we're going to go celebrate. We're going to celebrate with our parents, and then tomorrow we're going to celebrate and come home to a big parade.

"I love you guys. 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're the boys of summer.

"So for the last time we're going to try to suck it up and we're going to yell 'Americans.'

"One, two, three, Americans!"