Find a League In Your Area
Submitted by Lou
Marshall, League President, South Jersey MSBL
June 24th we held our second annual equipment drive to benefit the Little Leagues in the city of Camden N.J. It was a huge success as we gathered 120 bats, 300
gloves, 300 pairs of spikes, 15 sets of catchers equipment, many little league
uniform pants, softball equipment, batting helmets and so much more.
There is still
much more to come! I have some local high schools holding their summer baseball
camps this week and I will be picking equipment up from them. I also have
equipment promised from the school district of Linden, NJ in a few weeks.
afternoon I received a call from a good friend who owns a local sporting goodsand team outfitter business. He donated in excess of $10,000.00 worth of Little League uniforms, belts, hats, shirts, socks, catchers equipment, equipment bags
and softball equipment. I delivered these items directly to the Little League
facility in North Camden. To see the joy and excitement on these kid’s faces
just happy to play the game was unbelievable! There was no bickering with
parents or travel ball or club ball worries. It was just neighborhood children
enjoying a summer night with their families watching as proud as they could be.
It took me back to a simpler time when Little League was the start of the game
we love to play and that’s all it was.
presented Bryan Morton, who runs the Little leagues throughout the city of Camden, with the items he and his wife were overcome and speechless. My friend
who owns the store promised me more and will reach out to sporting goods
companies for more donations. This has become the very fiber of what the SJMSBL is all about. Coupled with our Toys for Tots and Holiday Food Drive that will
be in in its fourth year this November the rank of file of this league and all
the communities we play in have become great supporters of what we do. Having
an organization, like the SJMSBL I feel that it is our responsibility to give
back anyway we can.
are thrilled and this has become a great part of the things we do with the
league and getting the SJMSBL out there as much more than a men’s baseball
Below is a note sent to Lou Marshall from Bryan Morton:
can never express the amount of gratitude and appreciation that I personally
have for you. Your efforts here in Camden have changed many lives for the
while you may think that's it's not too much to open your phone book and
make a few phone calls or to write a few emails on our behalf, however I would
happily disagree. You have opened the hearts and minds of so many by reaching out to
your network and as a result you have helped tokeep hundreds of kids safe these past two
stop for a moment and just imagine if just one of those kids uses this
experience and succeeds.... not necessarily in baseball, but in life. That's what your efforts
have given so many here; a shot to change the ending of their story and
possibly that of the city too."