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Baseball: Game raises money for kids

Santa Clarita Storm travel team hosts charity event at TMC

Posted: July 29, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 29, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

An 11-year-old youth baseball team has set out to make a difference that goes beyond the game of baseball.


The Santa Clarita Storm travel baseball team hosted an inaugural charity game against celebrities at The Master’s College on Saturday.


All the proceeds from the game went to The Children’s Hunger Fund in Santa Clarita.


The Storm played against a team consisting of former baseball players, actors from television and Broadway, as well as current Master’s College players.


“This was a great opportunity for kids to give back to the community and to help people in need,” said fundraiser organizer Monica Vega. “It showed kids how to help save lives and it was a real eye opener.”


The Storm not only contributed to the Children’s Hunger Fund on the field by playing, but off the field as well.


Before the event, the players set out to learn more about the charity and gave a helping hand.


“This event has already been helpful in the long run,” said Storm coach and former Major League player Randy Kutcher. “The kids spent two hours earlier lifting and packing up boxes of food for children in Zimbabwe.”


The event consisted of a home-run derby before the game with prizes being raffled off, along with information booths and food trucks for all the people that came out to support.


The players all wore specially made T-shirts that read “kids playing for kids” to help emphasize the fundraiser goal.


“This was a fun opportunity to raise awareness for our non-profit organization,” Hunger Fund representative Morgan Owen said, “It was a great experience to see the kids volunteer to help and learn more about the organization.”


The event not only helped raise money for the less fortunate, but set out to teach the kids involved valuable lessons as well.


David Berman, an actor on the CBS show “CSI: Las Vegas,” participated in the game for the celebrity team and was impressed with what the event brought to the table.


“This teaches more fortunate children wonderful lessons that include responsibility, thinking of others and ways to be charitable,” Berman said, “Across the board, it’s a real home run.”


The SCV Storm plan to make this game a yearly tradition in hope to give back to the community through America’s past time.

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