Lakeside baseball sponsoring three children this Christmas

By Josh Beavers

The Lakeside baseball team hosted a student vs. teacher volleyball game last week as a fundraiser for the local CASA program.

The National CASA Association for Children supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy for children and youth who have experienced abuse or neglect. The organization believes that every child should be given the opportunity to thrive in a safe and loving home.

The event raised more than $1,500 in only an hour.

“Lakeside baseball became involved with CASA Christmas three years ago,” event organizer Erin Watts told The Journal. “Our coaches wanted the team to become more active in our community and asked our booster club to help. CASA Christmas was presented as an opportunity by a player’s parent who was already involved with CASA.”

Watts said when you choose to sponsor a child for Christmas, you are given the child’s Christmas wish list.  The team decided to sponsor three children.

“Our parents and their families bought the Christmas presents the first year,” she said. “After the first year, we decided we wanted the boys to have a more active role in the fundraising for CASA Christmas.”

The team held a corn hole tournament the second year.  This year, the team challenged the Lakeside faculty and staff to a Halloween Costume baseball game.  Due to the weather conditions, the baseball game turned into a volleyball game. 

“Supporting CASA Christmas is important because it helps ensure that children in foster care have special holiday experiences,” she said. “The community can help by reaching out to Sandra Samuel, CASA supervisor, to see where their talents would best be utilized.”

She said Lakeside baseball would like to thank the Lakeside administration, faculty, and staff for their continuous support in helping instill the importance of volunteering and giving back to the community.

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