Southington Youth Baseball League is $10,000 richer

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SOUTHINGTON, CT — A local youth baseball organization is $10,000 richer after winning a national sandwich chain’s community giveaway contest.

D’Angelo Grilled Sandwiches announced Thursday that the Southington Western Baseball League is the third of five winners of the D’Angelo $55,000 Neighborhood Giveaway, a celebration of the sandwich chain’s 55 years in business.

Throughout the summer, D’Angelo is awarding $10,000 to five community partner organizations that receive the most votes, as well as $1,000 to five lucky New England voters, totaling $55,000 in donations.

Team members from each participating restaurant were asked to identify an organization in their community to partner with for the program.

The chosen organizations support a variety of community services and needs, such as youth and family services, recreation, health care, housing services, community centers and many more.

With 8,373 votes, the third partner organization to receive $10,000 is the Southington Western Baseball League.

“We are thrilled to see these funds benefit young athletes in Southington,” said Deena McKinley, Experience Manager at D’Angelo Grilled Sandwiches. “Team sports are so important for children to develop a sense of community, responsibility and leadership skills, and the Southington Western Baseball League is an organization that provides a place for children to learn sportsmanship in a supportive environment while coaches, parents and volunteers can encourage them.”

On Thursday, July 14, the D’Angelo team at 641 Queen St. in Southington presented Brian Perrella, Matthew Preson, Garret Ludden and Shelby Ludden of the Southington Western Baseball League with a check for $10,000, joined by little league players.

The donation will help fund a number of renovations and improvements, including:

• Players’ equipment, including baseballs, helmets, catchers’ equipment.

• Equipment for coaches to maintain fields and facilities, including rakes, lime marking, quick drying.

• Upgrades and supplies for the parent-run concession stand, including a freezer for ice cream and a cooler for sodas and energy drinks

• Larger potential investments, such as a new dashboard or large-scale facility renovations

“Teamwork is the foundation of baseball and has been the driving force behind our partnership with D’Angelo,” said Garrett Ludden, president of the Southington Western Baseball League.
“Players work together on the field and showcase the effort and sportsmanship taught to them by our volunteer coaches. Parents and board members work behind the scenes to make baseball in West a fun and memorable experience for everyone involved.

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