South Bend, Indiana (March 19, 2012) - The South Bend Silver Hawks are asking the local baseball community to join them in efforts to help the Elkhart F.O.P. Little League recover from vandalism. Last week unknown vandals broke into the park and stole about 80% of their equipment.
The Silver Hawks announced today they are initiating a donation drive to help replace the little league's stolen equipment. Anyone who makes a $10 donation or donates new or gently used baseball equipment will receive two complimentary tickets to see the Silver Hawks play the Dayton Dragons on Saturday, April 14. People can drop off donations of bats, baseballs, helmets, gloves and other equipment at the Silver Hawks' centerfield box office Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The little league is in particular need of catcher's equipment and helmets, but will be grateful for any help.
"This is one of the best ways kids can spend time in the summer," said Joe Hart, President of the Silver Hawks. "More than 150 kids and teenagers participate in the Elkhart F.O.P. Little League, but without equipment they can't play. Their season starts in only two months, so we want to do all we can to help. The Hawks are going to donate $500 to kick off the donation drive. We'll deliver everything we collect directly to the league, so people can bring their equipment to the Cove and know they're making a difference for these kids."
The South Bend Silver Hawks are a Class A minor league team affiliated with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The team is owned and operated by Swing-Batter-Swing, LLC whose sole shareholder is Andrew T. Berlin of Chicago, IL.