At the 2016 Little League Baseball® World Series, Matt Pokorney, Highland Baseball Little League Challenger Division President of Evansville, Ind., was recognized with the Little League® Challenger Award, and he left Williamsport eager to continue to work with his fellow volunteers to bolster their program with the help of the Honda Little League Grant Program and continuous support from Mattingly Charities.
Over the last 20 years, the Honda Little League Grant Program has donated over 1.2 million dollars to underfunded leagues, and this year has provided Highland Baseball Little League with $10,000 to help pave their parking lot and make it more accessible for members of the Challenger Division to access the field. The league was also the beneficiary of a Little League Grow the Game Grant to help support their growing Challenger Division.
Along with the help from American Honda, on Sunday, Oct. 9, Don and Lori Mattingly met with Mr. Pokorney, and the Highland Challenger League at Highland Baseball Field where they presented a check for $25,000 to assist with the efforts to build a resting and cooling shelter for the team’s 157 players, marking the second-straight year that Mattingly Charities has helped with the league.
“Highland Challenger League Baseball is very blessed to have Don and Lori Mattingly and Mattingly Charities alongside us as we continue to develop our program and continue to serve our community,” said Mr. Pokorney. “This donation will allow our league the ability to serve even more challenger league athletes in the future.”
As part of the celebration, the Highland Challenger Division hosted a game where Mr. and Mrs. Mattingly stayed to assist as Buddies on the field, joining members of Central High School’s football, baseball, softball, and women’s golf teams in the role.
Mr. Mattingly, a former captain of the New York Yankees and manager of MLB’s Miami Marlins, and his wife continue to reside in Evansville, the town where they were born and raised. Last year, Mrs. Mattingly had attended some Highland Challenger games, and when she learned the city would no longer provide a grant, she saw an opportunity for Mattingly Charities to get involved.
On December 3, 2015, Mattingly Charities hosted An Intimate Evening with Friends presented by United Companies, a charity fundraising event at the USI Theatre where Mr. and Mrs. Mattingly presented Highland Baseball Club Challenger Program with a $25,000 donation to help provide an artificial turf infield for the Challenger players.
This year, Mattingly Charities and the Highland Challenger League will join together once again for the Second Annual “An Intimate Evening with Friends presented by United Companies,” on November 30 with special guests Joe Torre and Nashville country music artist, The Warren Brothers. For more information on the event, visit MattinglyCharities.org/Events.