The kids in the Pine Castle Little League are no different from other kids. They love baseball and love to be a part of the teams at the area ball field. Even though they live in a low-income neighborhood, their spirits and their attitudes run high.
“Our kids have so much heart when they play and we want them to be proud of where they come from,” said Melenie Coleman, vice president of Pine Castle Little League. “Our policy is that regardless of the ability to pay, everyone can play. We thank MMI and UTI for their support because it means the world to our kids.”
However, its baseball field is in poor condition and most of its equipment is more than three decades old. Many of the players are in need of adequate bats, helmets, mitts and catching gear.
Motorcycle Mechanics Institute-Orlando, a program of Universal Technical Institute (UTI), student Chuck Crowe learned about this local need and wanted to do something that would make a difference. He felt the need to help these kids, so he spearheaded a campus-wide baseball tournament to raise money for the cause.
Volunteers from UTI recently organized five teams with 54 student players to participate in a charity baseball tournament at Pine Castle Little League field. Together, they raised more than $500.
Donation boxes were also placed around the technical school's campus and at the game to support this team effort.
The Pine Castle Little League is always in need of donations like this and hopes to be able to fix two of its field restrooms, which are currently inoperable.
With the help of other caring people and organizations in the area, the league can continue to keep these great kids off the streets and in the playing field.
Now that sounds like a home run for everyone!
To learn more, contact Melenie Coleman at email@example.com or call (407) 435-5091.