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A local little league is in jeopardy after flooding caused thousands of dollars worth of damage. NBC10's Doug Shimell has info on how to help.
A local little league is desperate for funds after a frozen pipe burst and flooded its clubhouse, causing thousands of dollars in damage.
On January 9, a pipe burst in the clubhouse of the Bristol Township National Little League in Croydon, Pa. The flooding damaged $10,000 worth of baseball gear. Helmets, gloves, bats and baseballs had to be thrown out due to fear of mold.
Officials with the league say it will take three to four months before they receive any claim reimbursement. The Little League is required to supply a minimum amount of equipment per team to give all children in the community a chance to play. There are currently 280 children who play on 22 teams in the league. Many of those children don’t have their own gear.
“It was very devastating,” said one player. “It’s like my second home here.”
Officials say that they barely get by as it is on fundraisers and clinics. Having to replace the equipment and gut the clubhouse will put the league under a significant financial strain. The league is now trying to raise money but they don’t have much time left. Baseball clinic is in two weeks and opening day is April 5.
So far everything remains on schedule, according to the league website. Money donations can be mailed to BTNLL, P.O. Box 195, Croydon, Pa, 19021.
You can also call League President Bill Findlay at 215/669-9367 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.