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Weston Little League Hits a Home Run for Charity

WESTON, Conn. – Weston's Little Leaguers are demonstrating that sometimes it’s the smallest act of kindness that can mean the world to someone else. Nearly 300 players are donating their uniforms, cleats, gloves and bats to an underprivileged team in the Dominican Republic.

They'll line the basepath during their closing ceremony Saturday, Oct. 29, at noon and, in unison, remove their jerseys and place them in a box to be shipped off to players in the Adonia Little League in La Union, Domican Republic.

The idea came to Weston Little League Director Rich Hassan while he was golfing in the Dominican Republican. “I was talking with my caddy about baseball and he told me how the kids who play baseball there don’t really have anything. The kids down there don’t have uniforms, they don’t have cleats. Sometimes they play in flip-flops or they play barefoot,” Hassan said.

“I knew we had to do something,” Hassan said.

The Dominican Republic is a nation riddled with poverty. Many families there live below the poverty line, earning less than $9,000 a year. “It’s a league of 168 kids who play with tattered baseballs and other equipment that we find unusable,” he said.

“We are going to give these kids what they need,” said Hassan, who estimates nearly 300 uniforms will be sent to the players in La Union. In return, Hassan said he hopes the Weston players learn the power of giving.

“Our kids are living in Fairfield County, one of the most privileged counties in the country," Hassan said, "and I hope they feel good about giving to those in need. For a lot of kids, this is the first charity type of event they have ever experienced. Hopefully it won’t be their last.”

Do you know of any kids who doing great things in the community or beyond? Let reporter Erin Lynch know at elynch@thedailyweston.com .

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