Professional athletes often say that they fell in love with their sport when they were a kid. But, because of the cost of equipment, uniforms and travel, some kids don’t have the opportunity to fall in love with their own sports.
The Ball 4 All Foundation is on its way to changing that. The new nonprofit is aiming to raise money to cover the cost of sporting equipment so more kids can play sports.
While only being active for a few months, the Ball 4 All Foundation recently held its first fundraiser — raising more money than ever anticipated. The Sussex County-based foundation is aiming to raise as much money as they can before September, when the next set of fall sports begins.
On Aug. 4, Warren’s Station of Fenwick Island helped the foundation with a one-day dine-and-donate event. At all meals that day — breakfast, lunch and dinner — a portion of sales were donated to the Ball 4 All Foundation. Additionally, patrons of the restaurant were able to directly donate money to benefit kids who cannot afford to play sports.
The foundation has been organized by five local residents — Erik Schreiber, Dayna Rickards, Sarah Hoban, Hoban’s sister Emily Harne and Darin McCann, the latter two being members of the Coastal Point staff.
McCann and Harne said they have both been pleasantly surprised with how quickly the foundation has taken off and are eagerly anticipating what is to come.
“We are right now just growing our account,” said Harne, “but we will help as many as we can, as soon as this fall.”
“Organized sports can have a very real and lasting impact on young people that sticks for the rest of their lives,” added McCann. “We’re talking about more than just the right way to shoot a jumper or chase down a fly ball — sports can teach kids that hard work breeds positive results, and that working with others can help you get where you want to go in life. This is significant, and we want to help more kids get these lessons.”
The foundation has one more fundraiser planned for this summer: Final Friday. On Aug. 31 from 7 to 10 p.m. they will be celebrating the last Friday of the summer of 2018 with a fundraiser at Salted Vines Vineyard & Winery near Frankford.
Tickets for Final Friday cost $20 in advance or $25 at the door, and include one glass of wine, desserts and live music by Bad Since & Breakfast. After the first glass of wine, there will be a cash bar available, with proceeds going to the Ball 4 All Foundation.
To buy a ticket in advance, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Megan Kotelchuck