Community Outreach

As reported by Journal & Topics Newspapers, Glenbrook South Titans Softball recently helped to raise $8,000 for Peoria’s Crittenton Center Crisis Nursery. Participating in the efforts were Shockwave 14U’s Emerson Sapienza and Lauren Olsen together with Shockwave 16U’s Megan Chin and Mia Swanson. Nice work! #LikeAGlenviewGirl

 


14U got together in December to help wrap presents at Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook.

14U got together in December to donate and help wrap presents at Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook.

12U and 16U collected toys and books to donate to The Container Store's "Holiday Hugs" program.

12U and 16U collected toys and books to donate to The Container Store’s “Holiday Hugs” program.

HOLIDAY HELPERS 2015

In December our three teams got together to collect gifts for two worthwhile programs: the Holiday Gift Program at Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook (14U) and The Container Store’s Holiday Hugs (12U and 16U). In addition to their efforts to make the holiday season brighter for both underprivileged  children in our area as well as those spending their holidays at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, the events gave the teams an opportunity to bond and have a little fun together off the practice field. We extend big thanks to YSGN and The Container Store for letting us be a part of their holiday giving and look forward to more chances to get involved in 2016.

 


BEST BE BRAVE BAYLEE photo by Tiff
#BreastCancerAwarenessMonth and #BeBraveBaylee

Coach Liberty’s 12U at an Elk Grove round robin.

Coach Christine’s 14U Shockwave dons pink for all its games in October 2015. #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth #LikeAGlenviewGirl

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and all three Shockwave teams will wear pink all month long to show their support for all those who have battled/are battling the disease.  According to the Susan G. Komen web site, “in 2015, it is estimated that among U.S. women there will be: 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer [and] 40,290 breast cancer deaths” (see “Breast Cancer Facts and Statistics“).  Who do YOU play for?

Illinois Shockwave is also showing support for Baylee Hoaldridge, a 15-year-old softball player from Provo, Utah, who was in a horrible accident back in July.  Baylee remains in the hospital fighting for her life.  Our 16U team purchased “Be Brave Baylee” bows (part of a fundraising effort in Utah) and has been wearing their bows to games to show their support for Baylee.  Our 14U team is collecting to contribute to “Blessings for Baylee,” a Go Fund Me account to help the family with the medical bills not covered by insurance.  Our entire organization prays for Baylee’s recovery.

16U Shockwave poses between games at the Kathleen Snedeker Memorial Take a Swing At Cancer Tournament hosted by McHenry Jr. Warriors (Sept. 30-Oct. 4, 2015)

16U Shockwave poses between games at the Kathleen Snedeker Memorial “Take a Swing At Cancer Tournament” hosted by McHenry Jr. Warriors (Sept. 30-Oct. 4, 2015)

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…Past Efforts…

For the 2014/15 playing season, our Shockwave players have been asked to line up their own individual sponsors (family and friends) who will contribute designated amounts per either hits or (for pitchers) strikeouts.  Each player was also asked to pick a pet charity, which will receive 50% of the funds raised by that player at the end of the season.  Sponsors will be given a link to GameChanger and granted special access to their player’s stats so they can follow their player’s progress.  Listed below are the pet charities of each player (you can click on them to visit their respective web sites and learn more about the work they do):
Bass – American Heart Association
Butler – Heartland Animal Shelter
Lapitan – St. Jude’s
Liberty – Chicago Police Memorial Foundation*
*In Honor of Officer Alejandro Valadez, who died in the line of duty in 2009
Olsen – Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation
Rodgers – Uweza Aid Foundation
Sapienza – Wounded Warrior Project
Stark – Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation
Swanson – Sister Paulanne’s Needy Family Fund

 

YSGN Wrapping Dec 2014

Shockwave’s Grace, Anna, Megan, Sophie, Emerson, Cassie, Alana & Julia take a quick break from wrapping presents at Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook to flash a smile for the camera. (Dec. 13, 2014)

 

Making Valentines for Glenview Public Library's "Project Valentine" to express appreciation to hospitalized veterans and soldiers overseas. (Jan. 25, 2015)

Shockwave players gather together to make Valentines for Glenview Public Library’s “Project Valentine” to express appreciation to hospitalized veterans and soldiers overseas. (Jan. 25, 2015)