PHCC baseball team going to bat to help Franklin Co. team with disabilities


COMMUNITY COLLEGE ARE TAKING THE FIELD TO HELP RAISE MONEY FOR ANOTHER TEAM. THE BASEBALL TEAM IS HOLDING A FUNDRAISER … BENEFITTING THE FRANKLIN COUNTY CHALLENGERS — A TEAM MADE UP OF ATHLETES WITH DISABILITIES. WSLS 10’S COLTER ANSTAETT HAS THE STORY. NAT SOUND INSIDE THE PATRICK HENRY COMMUNITY COLLEGE GYM THIS MORNING, SOME OF THE COLLEGE’S BASEBALL PLAYERS TOOK TIME TO PRACTICE WITH PLAYERS FROM THE FRANKLIN COUNTY CHALLENGERS. THE TWO TEAMS WILL SQUARE OFF NEXT TUESDAY. TONYA JACKSON/FRANKLI N CO. CHALLENGERS PRESIDENT: “THIS MEANS THE WORLD TO ME AND ALL OF MY PARENTS. THIS IS A BIG THING FOR OUR KIDS.” THE TEAM IS MADE UP OF ABOUT 40 KIDS WHO HAVE MENTAL OR PHYSICAL NEEDS. ALL OF THE PROCEEDS FROM THE GAME WILL BE GIVEN TO THE TEAM. FRANK JAGODA/PHCC BASEBALL COACH: “THEY WANT TO GO OUT AND PLAY AND WE’RE ABLE TO PROVIDE THAT FOR THEM. IT’S ALSO AN OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR GUYS TO SPREAD SOME AWARENESS.” SOME OF THE MONEY RAISED WILL HELP THE CHALLENGERS PAY TO GO TO THE ANNUAL TOURNAMENT IN VIRGINIA BEACH IN MAY AND PLAY OTHER TEAMS LIKE THEM FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY. THEY COULDN’T GO THIS YEAR BECAUSE THE TEAM DIDN’T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY. THAT WAS HEARTBREAKING FOR THE PARENTS, BUT IT’S HEART- WARMING FOR THE PLAYERS TO KNOW THEY ARE GOING TO HELP THE TEAM HOPEFULLY AVOID THIS PREDICAMENT NEXT YEAR. HENRY DUVALL/OUTFIELD ER: “I REALLY APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY. I WILL DO MY BEST FOR THEM.” PARKER BRANN/PITCHER: “TO BE ABLE TO GIVE BACK IS NOTHING COMPARED TO THE OPPORTUNITIES WE CAN GET, SO ANY OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE BACK WE NEED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT.” CODY POWERS/OUTFIEL DER & PITCHER: “I THINK THE BIGGEST FOR ME IS JUST SEEING THE SMILE ON THEIR FACES.” THE GAME STARTS AT 7-30 AT HOOKER FIELD IN MARTINSVILLE. TICKETS ARE FIVE DOLLARS AT THE GATE. IN HENRY COUNTY, COLTER ANSTAETT, WSLS 10.

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