Baseball players from four area high schools are teaming up to raise money for Niagara Hospice by holding a “Homerun for Hospice” tournament Tuesday and Wednesday at Lewiston-Porter High School and at Wilson High School.
Junior varsity and varsity baseball teams from Lew-Port, Wilson, Depew, and Starpoint will compete on the field, as well as off, to raise money for Hospice. Before they even take to the field, players are competing to sell the most sponsorship baseball cut-outs with their school logo for $1 each.
Mark Waple, Lew-Port teacher and varsity baseball coach, created the event as a way for students to give back to the community.
“It’s important for our kids to work together to give back to the community. It’s good for them to see that they can really make a difference,” he said.
Lew-Port will host the varsity games with Lew-Port vs. Depew and Starpoint vs. Wilson at 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday. The winners of each game will play a championship game at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, while the remaining teams play a consolation game. The junior varsity games will be held at Wilson High School, with the same schools following the same schedule.
Spectators are encouraged to come out and cheer the teams on. Concessions and additional sponsorship baseball cut-outs will be sold throughout the event with all proceeds benefiting Niagara Hospice.
“People may visit us at www.NiagaraHospice.org and look under Events to find ‘Homerun for Hospice’ and can make a donation either in support of a player’s name or a school team’s name or even in memory of a loved one,” said Maureen Rizzo, of the Niagara Hospice Alliance.
Anyone wishing to volunteer or sponsor the event may call Rizzo at 280-0728.