Emily De Vito
Updated: July 09, 2020 01:19 PM
Created: July 09, 2020 12:31 PM
SCHENECTADY – NewsChannel 13 reported back in March the Schenectady Little League concession stand and offices were vandalized. There was thousands of dollars in damage.
Alex Jurczynski was back Thursday on the field he grew up playing on. He was there to donate equipment. He said he was upset to hear about the vandalism at the field.
"This is a terrible situation and I want to do whatever I can to help and at the end of the day it's for the kids," said Jurczynski, who is an assistant baseball coach at Princeton University.
Jurczynski said he originally donated to the GoFundMe that was started. It raised more than $2,500, but Jurczynski said he wanted to do more.
"Not everyone's going to have a ton of money to donate with layoffs and everything else, so I figured why don't we have an equipment drive," said Jurczynski. Free baseballs, helmets, and hats, gloves, they can help any kid."
People answered his call. Jurczynski received hundreds of pieces of baseball equipment. People from all over the country donated, including many people here in the Capital Region.
Jurczynski said when holding a skills camp last year, and letting a kid borrow one of his gloves, he knew how important this equipment was.
"There was one kid that came up to me after the camp and said, 'Hey, here's your glove. Thank you for letting me use it. It's a great glove. I really enjoyed myself,'" Jurczynski explained. "I told him 'Hey, keep it,' and the smile on his face was priceless and that's sort of what pushed me to do this more than anything."
The little league has also had a security system and PA system donated.
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