This week, Pennsylvania’s own Red Land Little League team has an opportunity that most kids can only dream about. Their appearance at the Little League World Series won't just be groundbreaking for the team though, Red Land will also be using baseball to give back.
They’ll step foot onto youth sport’s biggest stage and represent the Mid-Atlantic Region in the Little League World Series, beginning their quest for a championship on Friday, August 21 when they take on Midwest Region Champion Webb City from Missouri. It’s not hyperbole to say that this is probably one of the most important weeks thus far in all of these youngsters’ lives. Instead of just the attention of friends and family, it means national attention, with a myriad of fans in the stands and untold numbers more watching on national television. It’s the equivalent of becoming a big league ballplayer before they’re even old enough to drive a car.
To sum it up, it seems like a pretty big deal.
But even though the kids from Red Land certainly realize the importance of what’s at stake (read: the chance to become world champions and/or be vaulted into the national spotlight, like PA’s most recent Little League star, Mo'ne Davis), they also certainly realize that they have the power to use their unlikely platform to change people’s lives outside of their own, and outside of sports altogether. Red Land’s team has chosen to use their unique position to support kids battling pediatric cancer.
Through their Pledge It campaign to support the Vs. Cancer Foundation, the coaches and players are collecting pledges for every run Red Land scores during the Little League World Series. Half of the proceeds will benefit pediatric cancer research, while the other half will benefit the Pennsylvania-based Penn State Hershey Medical Center. The amount of money they raise is limited only by the amount of runs they can score on their way to the top of the Little League world, and right now the sky is certainly the limit, considering the team has outscored its opponents 234-13 through 16 tournament games this summer.
This is an opportunity -- not only for the ball players from Red Land, but also for anyone willing to pledge money on their behalf -- to actually change lives in a meaningful way, well beyond the scope of sports, but through sports itself. This is a way to not only enjoy the youthful innocence of Little League baseball, but to support youthful innocence itself. This means money to improve and save lives, and bring families hope. This means money to help youngsters get new leases on life. This means something far greater than the acclaim and spotlight of the Little League World Series.
To sum it up, it’s actually a pretty big deal.
Support the Red Land Little League Pledge It campaign today!
Contributed by a freelance writer at PLEDGE IT, the first performance based fundraising website. PLEDGE IT empowers athletes and coaches to raise money for their team or charity, through their gameday performance.