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We’d love to introduce to you the Wellswood AllStar Renegades! The AllStar Renegades is a team of PONY Youth Baseball ballplayers who are league age 8 years old each and they play out of a recreational youth baseball complex known as Wellswood Youth Baseball, Inc. Wellswood ball park is a non-profit organization affiliated with PONY Baseball, Inc. (PONY – Protect Our Nations Youth) This over achieving team of young, energetic and dedicated ball players have an interesting story, but this storystands to have a very disappointing ending – due to a lack of funds and financial shortages.
The AllStar Renegades have recently returned from the PONY District Tournament as Champions and, just this past weekend, pulled off a stunning upset of power laden teams from the Orlando and South Florida areas by winning the PONY Super-Regional Tournament, coming back from the Loser’s bracket and having to play 3 grueling games on this past Sunday, 6/22, taking a victory in each and then had to return for a Monday night contest to beat the same previously undefeated team for a second straight time to win the Championship. In doing this, the AllStar Renegades qualified for a slot in the PONY Zonal/World Series Tournament to be held July 23 – 27, 2014, in Schertz, Texas.
Since this team has only been together for a very short period of time, there has been no opportunity to raise sponsorships or perform fund raising efforts that could have even come close to putting together the finances necessary to fund a trip to Texas for a World Series event. The few sponsors and fund raising efforts have served only to provide limited equipment acquisitions and spirit t-shirts for the group as well as uniforms and payment into the previous tournaments they have now won. There are no deep pockets among the parents of this humble and modest team. All of these boys come from good homes and each have a story to share, some happy, some not so happy, but this time together as this AllStar team has certainly become one the finest times of their young lives. Through their hard work and dedication, they have come to understand some important, fundamental principles of good sportsmanship, team unity, discipline, hustle and a never give in, never give up attitude.
This release is coming to you as we are hoping, praying that through some small miracle, this dream can be continued. We are hoping that through some type of media exposure, we can get this local story out to those who might be in position to help out this team. We are looking for any news outlet that might be able to help. The type of media isn’t as important as just getting the word out. We’d like to have an opportunity to get exposure through print, and would love to have a local TV station pick up on this story. We are also hoping to interest a local radio station…..but we need to get some action quickly as we must commit to this venture within the next few days.
Can you help, please? Any type of immediate exposure can go a long way to making these kid’s dream come true! The coaches would be glad to do interviews, gather the team for any group story, pictures or anything that might be needed. An account – a gofundme account – on Facebook has already been set up by one of the parents for donations from individuals and/or groups in the Tampa community. We believe this is a local, very current and relevant, human interest and sports related story to be told. HELP is needed and it is needed right away or this slot in the PONY World Series will have to be given over to another Orlando team who would be next eligible. Almost yearly, for the past several years, do the teams from Orlando qualify for this event and they always find ways to fund this very expensive venture. THIS YEAR, A TAMPA TEAM HAS A CHANCE TO GO BASED ON THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS! AND THIS TAMPA TEAM NEEDS TAMPA’S HELP!!
We expect the cost to be in the area of $20,000 for complete round trip (bus) transportation, accommodations for a week’s stay, food and other various tournament costs (entry fees, insurances, etc.) One major corporate sponsor could do it, but since we do not have any type of non-profit designation as an individual youth ball team, getting the attention of a major company is proving to be very difficult, in fact, next to impossible.
Please help! Thank you for even reading this release and considering our cause.
CONTACTS: Jay Shipherd 813.361.1851
Krystal Hunter 813.952.8354 firstname.lastname@example.org