Featuring Former Big Leaguers, Arizona Baseball Charities Event Helps Regional Little League Teams

Buddy Schultz

In Phoenix, Mike Sakal wrote that the 17th annual Arizona Baseball Charities Celebrity Game is slated for Sunday, and will “feature about 50 former major leaguers, including” Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry.

This year, Arizona Baseball Charities “is poised to surpass $800,000 in donations to Little League teams over the years.”

Arizona Baseball Charities Executive Director Buddy Schultz, a former big leaguer, said, “What would you do if your team got $5,000? That money could go a long way. Every bit helps.”

Show Me the Money: Sakal noted that “simply by showing up with 50 people or more, 43 teams or leagues will receive $300.” Then “during the seventh inning of the game, a drawing will determine a $5,000 winner.” Two teams “will win $2,500 and 10 teams will win $1,000.”

The money “is aimed at helping to further a team’s ‘field of dreams,’ whether it’s building a field, purchasing new equipment or simply keeping the field’s lights on.”

Showing Appreciation: Mesa’s Red Mountain Little League President Jeff Tush said, “It’s great for the kids and great for the teams. By receiving the money, it helps us pay for some things we wouldn’t be able to get otherwise, and it helps us not to raise registration fees for kids to play” (Mike Sakal, East Valley Tribune, 2/5). Read the entire piece from East Valley Tribune

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