The 86 players of the Cincinnati Galaxy, a select youth baseball team, and their families came together on their annual Galaxy Day season-opening event to participate in a philanthropy project, Galaxy Gives. Families donated a station wagon and four full mini-vans worth of items for three worthy causes:
- Hannah’s Treasures - Provides children in need with toys, clothes, books, strollers, furniture and other essential items.
- Kings Kloset - Gives new and gently-used clothing to families that need assistance in the area of the Kings Local School District.
- Circle Tail - Trains and cares for service and hearing dogs that will be provided to people with disabilities at no cost.
“We want our organization to be about more than winning baseball games,” said James Vance, president of the Greater Cincinnati Baseball Club, Inc., which has eight Cincinnati Galaxy teams playing in the 2015 season. “The Galaxy Gives project is a chance for us to remind the boys that it's important to contribute to the community around us.”
The teams compete in the Southwest Ohio League (SWOL), the premier select baseball organization in the Greater Cincinnati area. In 2014, the organization will have teams for players who are eligible to play 8U, 9U, 10U, 11U and 12U baseball (players who turn 12 before April 30, 2015). Tryouts for all age levels are scheduled each year in late July and early August.
"The Galaxy Gives project was one of the reasons we joined this particular team," said Heather Huber, who co-chaired the Galaxy Gives organizing committee along with Keesha Sucher. "We wanted this to be a kid-driven collection to encourage our boys to think about others and being good community citizens."
Bill Geselbracht, vice president of the Cincinnati Galaxy said he hopes the tradition continues for as long as the Galaxy is playing baseball.
“It's not uncommon for the messages surrounding youth sports to be very me-centered. We like to begin or end our season with a reminder for the kids to know there's more going on around them. We don't want them to take what they have for granted,” he said.
In 2013, the Galaxy Gives project benefited St. Al’s Orphanage. Each year, the organization seeks to find a cause to support through its collection and donations.
For more information about the needs of these three worthy causes, download the Galaxy Gives Flyer.