BENEFITING: LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL OF NORWICH INC
Norwich Little League has been a staple in the community for over 50 years. Throughout the calendar year, hundreds of kids from Norwich, CT participate in baseball and softball games in the spring, summer, and fall, as well as player development camps and clinics in the winter. However, as much community involvement that Norwich Little League has, that’s how little funding it receives. NLL receives no money from federal, state, or local governments and has no employees on the payroll, as all the work is being done by unpaid volunteers. Although so many individuals volunteer, there is one project that they simply can’t accomplish, and that is the collapsing roof and deteriorating floor tiles of the Main Building. The Main Building is a key part of the Norwich Little League complex, as it contains storage for equipment, the kitchen and concession stand, the league office, as well as a batting cage for the players to use. Now, these changes and improvements aren’t just for beautification’s sake, as the roof and floor tiles have become serious safety concerns. The league has taken certain half-measures over the past few years, such as patching up specific parts of the roof, but that is simply not enough, as the entire roof must be replaced. Many volunteers have offered to pitch in to fix the roof, both physically and financially, but the total cost of the roof alone is estimated to be upwards for $30,000. The cost to fix the floor tiles is also estimated to be approximately $5,000. We are doing our best, but this is a financial burden that the league simply can’t afford. Even our best fundraising efforts, which include an annual “Tag Day” where players collect small donations in front of local business and a raffle for Yankees-Red Sox tickets that is currently underway, are still not enough. Every dollar counts, and even the smallest of donations will make a world of a difference.