Derby’s Arlys Carter gets First Pitch honor at Tues, August 7 NBC World Series

Arlys Carter, 81, of Derby, Kan. has been selected by Area Agencies on Aging in Kansas to be honored as Keeping Seniors in the Game!SM first pitcher on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at the 7 p.m. feature game of the National Baseball Congress (NBC) World Series.


The 84th NBC World Series happens at Wichita's Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. Games began Saturday, July 27 and continues through Saturday, August 11.


Arlys Carter was nominated for the Keeping Seniors In The Game!SMhonor by the Central Plains Area Agency on Aging/ADRC, an organization that serves seniors, people with disabilities and their caregivers in Sedgewick, Harvey and Butler counties.


Arlys and his late wife Janice, were married 59 years. They have three children--twin daughters--Becca and Debra, and son Curtis--eight grandchildren, eight great grandsons and one great granddaughter.


A native of Wellington, Kan, Arlys is a 1954 graduate of Wellington High School. After graduating, he joined the Navy and served from 1954 through 1957 in San Diego and in Norman, Okla. In his last assignment in Florida he worked as an ordnance disposal technician--a job that made all types of weaponry safe--including explosives, chemical, biological and nuclear.


He's a "super-fan" of the Kansas City Royals. He remembers growing up with the joy of watching the game and was fascinated with the sport.


After the Navy and graduating from Ottawa University and Central State University in Edmond, Okla. Arlys worked as a railroad brakeman and then has dedicated his life to helping adults and children who have special needs.


In 1996, after they retired from 25 years of teaching, Arlys and Janice were among the first volunteers at Wichita's Exploration Place science museum. The Carters began volunteering two hours a week until both achieved the 1,000 hours volunteered designation. Arlys has volunteered more than 2,000 hours with the museum.


Arlys is well known for his volunteerism in Derby. His long list of service includes volunteering and serving on the board of Derby's library and serving on the board of the American Baptist of States Retirement of Wichita. He also served as president of the Jaycees in Osawatomie, Kan. and volunteered as a member of the Civitans.


"We are delighted to work with the National Baseball Congress and Central Plains Area Agency on Aging/ ADRC to recognize the important contributions that Arlys Carter and older Kansans make to our country, our hometowns and our communities," said Julie Govert Walter who leads the Keeping Seniors In The Game! initiative.


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