Have you always wanted to play baseball in Yankee Stadium?
Tough luck. Unless you’re a major leaguer, you can’t.
But there’s always Harbor Yard.
Thanks to a group of enterprising Staples students, on Labor Day (Sept. 6) you can not only play baseball at the cozy Bridgeport field — you’ll help raise money for A Better Chance of Westport (ABC) too.
Jordan Glick, Jesse Heussner, Dan Hirschberg, Jake Hirschberg and Erik Sawyer are Staples students who have been friends since elementary school. Jordan, Jesse, Dan and Jake play on the tennis team; Erik is on the baseball squad.
Modeling a similar program event run by Dan’s parents, the teenagers have planned a charity baseball/softball event. From 1-5 p.m., self-organized teams will compete against each other in friendly games, on the same field used by the Bridgeport Bluefish.
Beyond baseball and softball, fun events are planned for younger children on and off the field, between and during innings.
The Staples athletes chose ABC for 100% of all donations because it’s local, important, part of their daily school life, and always in need of funds. “If anyone deserves money, it’s the hard-working kids at ABC House,” the organizers say.
The 4 boys hope for participation from local men’s softball teams, the Staples baseball and softball teams, ABC scholars and donors — and anyone else who “wants to have a good time on the field, and give back to the community at the same time.”
All players will receive a complimentary jersey, and food and drinks will be available for everyone all day long.
(Recommended donations are $250 per adult, and $100 per youth under 18. To register a team — or simply donate to the event, by check made out to “ABC” — contact Danny Hirschberg, 5 Boxwood La., Westport, CT 06880. For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org)