Local Grange to host fundraising softball tournament


Jefferson Grange # 1384 in southern Schuylkill County will host a charity softball tournament on October 2 at Island Park in Schuylkill Haven. The event is to benefit the Schuylkill County Special Olympics.

La Grange learned this summer that Special Olympics hopes to launch a softball program in the near future, making them a perfect beneficiary for the mixed double elimination event.

“We are proud to be a part of this community and find ways to help all of our neighbors,” said Grange President Rachel Brobst, noting that the idea came from Will Bildheiser, Director of Personal Development and Activities. family of the section.

Brobst said there are still spaces for teams to participate, and those interested can also contact the Grange to be a part of the team of friends and family.

“The sponsors have started to ramp up, but we hope to see many more companies and individuals donating to support this wonderful cause, and of course on the day of, we hope that many people will come and cheer on the teams, meet the Schuylkill Special Olympics and enjoy great food from local vendors and dealerships at the Grange and Special Olympics, ”said Brobst.

Greg Bott, Director of Development for Special Olympics Greater Lehigh Valley Pocono Region, said the organization was pleased that some of the athletes were attending the event to participate as players, with dealership sales and more.

Bidlheiser said he especially liked the Grange finding ways to connect with everyone in the community.

“One of my favorite things about the Grange is that it’s a very inclusive organization,” he said. “Parents and children are welcome to participate in all programs and meetings together, and we are finding ways to make sure that the lives of people in our community from all walks of life are improved. “

Secretary Amanda Brozana Rios said the partnership has raised awareness among people in the community with special needs and disabilities about the issues and believes the Barn will undertake advocacy work to ensure greater inclusion and development in the lands of local games and other public spaces.

“La Grange goes beyond the typical fundraising and service model. It is an organization which promotes a better quality of local life and which campaigns for it, ”she declared. “He is a connector and a champion for our community. “

Teams and sponsors are sought for the tournament. More information as well as team registration and sponsorship forms are available at jeffersongrange1384pa.org/softball.

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