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Baseball Youth Stepping Up to the Plate to Raise Funds

Many of the players who marched in Mendon's Opening Day parade will take part in the town's first 24 hour baseball game.



For those fans who are planning to attend the baseball game in Mendon on June 12, better bring a pillow and some pjs. That's because the game will certainly be going into extra, extra, innings as players of the Mendon Baseball and Mendon Upton Softball teams will take part in the town's first 24 hour marathon game.

According to Mendon Baseball President David Verrone, the game will begin at noon on June 12 at Memorial Field and run until noon the following day. Nearly 300 players, including the league's youngest five year old players, the older players, and coaches are expected to take part.

"Basically, there's a new game every hour," explained Verrone. "The kids are really getting excited about it."

As the day games progress into evening games, lights will be brought in so that the players can continue playing straight through to morning. Verrone added that some people will even be setting up tents to stay overnight.

In addition to the games, local bands will be providing some entertainment and the concession stand is expected to stay open long past its typical operating hours.

The event is being held to raise funds for the Mendon Baseball and Mendon Upton Softball leagues in order to help rebuild Mendon's fields, as well as to donate to the Mia Hamm Foundation. Hamm is one of the most recognized professional women's soccer player. Her foundation has a twofold mission which is to raise money and awareness for families needing marrow or cord blood transplants and to support growth and opportunities for young women in sports.

Participating players raise funds through sponsorship and receive fundraising incentive prizes. Players who raise $50 will receive an official event shirt; those who raise $150 will receive an event shirt and hat; and those who raise $250 will receive the shirt, hat, plus the chance to attend lunch with former Red Sox player Nomar Garciaparra, who coincidentally is Hamm's husband. The top 20 overall fundraisers will win the opportunity to sit at the baseball star's table during the lunch. And the top two overall fundraisers will sit next to Garciaparra at the lunch.

Each participating player has created a Web page for sponsorship.

"They're sending out their Web site links to families and friends in the hopes of raising money," said Verrone.

Anyone interested in sponsoring a specific player can log on to www.mendons24hrballgame.org and click on the Registered Players. The Web site also contains more information about the game, as well as a schedule of the games.




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