Honda, the official vehicle sponsor of Little League® and national sponsor since 1996, donated $50,000 to the Staten Island Little League to help rebuild their baseball facilities, which were severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy. With Honda’s donation, storm ravaged fields, bleachers and dugouts will be repaired in time for the league’s 32-team opening day on April 20th. On opening day, Honda presented Staten Island Little League with a ceremonial check and hosted several fundraising events in an effort to increase community awareness. The additional money raised through these events helped replace damaged scoreboards and field lighting plus fund other needs throughout the season.
“For 17 years Honda has enjoyed a relationship with Little League Baseball and Softball. We’re proud to play a part in getting Staten Island Little League up and running to make it possible for kids to play ball,” Susie Rossick, Sr. Manager, Honda Regional Marketing, said. “Though much still needs to be done, they are off to a good start, and we look forward to helping them with opening day and beyond.”
The Honda hosted fundraising activities on opening day included, “Sing Badly for a Good Cause: Car-e-oke” in which parents will be encouraged to sing their worst rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” inside an Odyssey minivan with Honda donating up to $50 to the Staten Island Little League for each parent who participates. Other games will included, “Musical Car Seats” in an Odyssey, charades events and kids’ activities with similar donation incentives.
“I was extremely surprised when I was notified by Honda about receiving the $50,000 grant. Everyone sees on the news how Staten Island was affected structurally, but no one thinks of the families and kids that the storm affected,” Michael Colini, President of the Staten Island Little League, said. “I cannot think of a better way to express our gratitude than by making sure our kids can get out on the diamond and play ball!”