The New York-Penn League has announced that each of the participating clubs in the 2009 playoffs will take up a collection in support of Lucas Holko, the 4 year old boy who was recently injured by a foul ball at a Mahoning Valley Scrappers game. All money raised through the collection at upcoming playoff games will be contributed to the Lucas Holko Fund on behalf of the New York-Penn League Charitable Foundation and its 14 member teams.
The New York-Penn League Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was created in 2003. The Foundation's mission is to provide focus and support for the collective charitable and community efforts of the League and its clubs. Its motto is "The Power of Baseball, the Power of Giving".
Participating teams in the 2009 NYPL playoffs which kick of Tuesday, September 8 include: Mahoning Valley Scrappers, Brooklyn Cyclones, Staten Island Yankees, and Lowell Spinners. After opening the playoffs on the road on Tuesday for Game 1 against the Brooklyn Cyclones, the Scrappers will play at home at Eastwood Field on Wednesday, September 9 for Game 2 of their semi-finals series with game time scheduled for 7:05.
After getting hit in the head with a foul ball at a game on September 2, Lucas Holko continues his recovery at the Akron Children's Hospital. The family has set up the Luke Holko Fund to help with expenses associated with the accident and his recovery. Contributions can be made at any area Cortland Banks location.
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