Thanks to a generous donation, the West Portsmouth Little League will be sporting some new gear this season.
The West Portsmouth Little League is on track for a successful season, and maybe better equipped to handle emergencies, in addition to providing a little bit of financial relief to those who can’t afford to play ball.
West Portsmouth Little League Coach Chris Lore stated that last week the league received a donation of 60 baseball helmets from West Baseball Head Coach Chris Rapp. Rapp applied for the ‘Don’t Blink’ grant on behalf of the league and presented the donation as a surprise gesture.
“We had been working to try to improve the relationship between the teams and this was a surprise to us,” said Lore.
Lore shared that Rapp is always helping out where he can and giving back to the community. Lore said the 60 helmets would be able to assist nearly a quarter of the Little League Baseball, softball and T-ball teams, which is composed of children ages four to 13.
Lore noted that often families are burdened with the task of purchasing equipment for their players themselves and that the league’s own equipment has dwindled throughout time due to wear. With the helmet donations, the league may be able to use them to assist families and let some players who would be turned away by their inability to buy equipment partake in the sport.
At the end of the summer, Portsmouth West Softball Head Coach Dani Coleman donated an AED to the league, which they were unable to purchase from their own funds. Lore said that the AED will provide peace of mind in the instance of a medical emergency and all coaches and staff will be trained to use the equipment for the 2020 season.
“It was with the help of a friend out of Lawrence County that we were able to donate the AED,” said Coleman. Coleman stated that it was just one of the many efforts by herself and the other coaches to build and maintain the program.
Lore said he is thankful for the generosity from both coaches and looks forward to seeing the donated equipment benefit the league in their upcoming season.
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