Rotterdam Little League ends their season by giving back

October 27, 2018 12:16 AM

Schoharie-Baseball usually means, filled dugouts, loaded bases, and the familiar sound of a ball striking a bat. Sometimes it's not about winning or losing, it's about much more.

"I believe that not only are we teaching the game of baseball but we are teaching the game of life. These young men and women are going to be adults one day and sometimes there are things that transcend the game, that are more important than the game" said Michael DeSantis, coach of the Rotterdam Little League, nine and ten year olds.


After the Schoharie limo crash claimed the lives of 20 victims earlier this month, the Rotterdam Little League team decided they had get involved and find a way to give back to volunteer first responders who were at the scene.

"It affected us, just watching them, and as a team of families, we decided to do something of a small token for them, to let them know our community is thinking about them" said said DeSantis.

One of the parents of a player on the team is a fireman and explained the lack of funding typically associated with volunteer services and their efforts took off.

"They volunteered to do this, I can't imagine the horror they witnessed, you could see how much it affected them" said DeSantis.

The team of nine and ten year olds started the last game of their season in a very adult like way, with a donation of close to a $1,000.00 to the Scho-Wright Ambulance.

"We live in a time where news tends to divide us, I'm glad that this team that we have right here, is making news that brings communities together, maybe that's something that not only our two towns can do but, maybe the rest of the country" said DeSantis.


Brooke Selby

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