Baseball Game Raises Over $1,700 For Charity
May 2, 2012
The second annual “Warriors Battle Against Breast Cancer” game played here against Arlington Martin Warriors, hosted by the Varsity Baseball team on April 21, raised $1,725.
“This year’s fundraising went very well; we raised about the same as last year which is pretty good,” Head Baseball Coach Dennis Pelfrey said. “I feel that this is a good way for the program to give back to the community.”
The money the team, along with the booster club, raised will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
“We auctioned and raffled off a lot of items and earned a lot of money,” Pelfrey said.“Martin was just as excited and willing to help as we were.”
The team was not playing in their normal red and gold uniforms, but instead players wore white jerseys with pink lettering.
“The jerseys also had the Susan G. Komen ribbon on the sleeve,” Pelfrey said.
There was also a change in equipment, as the players were swinging pink wooden bats.
“I was excited about the bats,” senior Preston Manka said, “It is not every day you get to play with pink bats.”
After the game, the booster club and the players auctioned off the game used bats to the highest bidders.
“It was fun auctioning off the bats,” senior Austin Fleming said. “We raised money and had a blast modeling them.”
Some of the returning varsity players from last year were happy to participate in the game.
“Last year it was really awesome,” senior Jonathon Reyes said. “We raised a lot of money and had fun with our pink accessories.”
Even though Martin won the game 8-1, one of the players said he was not too upset about it.
“We all wish we could have come out victorious,” Manka said. “But this game was not all about winning; it was for a good cause.”
Pelfrey said he hopes to hold a junior varsity game next year.
“I’m sure everyone knows someone that has been affected by breast cancer,” he said. “This is a good way to help and we are going to continue to do it and make it bigger every year.