On Saturday, the Laguna Niguel Little League Single “A” Dodgers conducted a food drive at and to raise food for the Second Harvest Food Bank that provides food for those in need.
The team’s goal was to raise more than 600 pounds of food by splitting the Dodgers into two separate teams to work each of the two grocery stores.
Patch learned on Wednesday that the LNLL Single “A” Dodgers collected 1,361 pounds of food, which means that the team provided about 1,134 meals to help feed those in need, according to team manager, Wade Ison.
These are some hihglights about the team:
- LNLL Single “A” Dodgers have 12 players ranging in age from 7 to 9.
- This community service project was an idea/something the team came up with on their own.
- They are competing for the LNLL “A” championship which will take place at Chapparossa Park Field No. 4 on Thursday at 6 p.m., following a semi- final game tonight.
- When the team was given the suggestion to do a community service project, the players were very excited and interested.
- It had 100 percent participation from all 12 players in the food drive on Saturday during the Memorial Day weekend.
- The team’s motto has been: “Dodgers Play Hard, Play Smart and Play Together!” all season long and it has served them well on the baseball field.
- The team decided to extend that motto by taking a “team approach” to helping those who are in need and are currently less fortunate.
- In order for the food bank to send its transportation department to pick up food donations, it requires a minimum of 300 pounds of food.
- Whether the Dodgers end up winning the LNLL Single “A” championship or not, they sure act like Champions, Ison said.
And a final note: Ison said the Dodgers won a tightly contested semi-final playoff game to advance to the championship game for the LNLL single a division with a walk off 3-run RBI in the bottom of the final inning.