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Charity Baseball Game To Benefit Local Youth Program

For a second year, the Jamestown Old Timers baseball team will take on members of the Jamestown Police Department. Proceeds from Thursday’s charity game will go to the Winifred Crawford Dibert Boys & Girls Club of Jamestown youth program. Players are pictured during last year’s game. P-J file photos by Eric Tichy

Members of the Jamestown Old Timers baseball team are looking to avenge last year’s loss at the hands of Jamestown police officers. However, the real winners of Thursday’s game will be children in the Winifred Crawford Dibert Boys & Girls Club of Jamestown youth program.

For a second year, the Old Timers will take on city police officers in a charity baseball game at Russell E. Diethrick Park in Jamestown. Gates will open at 5 p.m. with the first pitch coming around 6 p.m.

Tickets are $5 each via donation, and all proceeds including a 50/50 drawing and concessions will go toward the youth program.

“I just want to encourage people to bring their kids to the ballpark to see the officers play so they can see us out of uniform and that we are human at the end of the day,” said officer Adam McKinley, who also is vice president of the Kendall Club.

During last year’s game, in which the Jamestown Police Department easily dispatched the Old Timers, more than $1,840 was raised for Tim Hortons’ Camp Day Foundation.

For a second year, the Jamestown Old Timers baseball team will take on members of the Jamestown Police Department. Proceeds from Thursday’s charity game will go to the Winifred Crawford Dibert Boys & Girls Club of Jamestown youth program. Players are pictured during last year’s game. P-J file photos by Eric Tichy

McKinley is hoping to top last year’s donation.

“I think if we get the word out we can get more than last year,” he said.

As of Monday, about 18 officers with the police department had signed up to play in the game. McKinley also thanked members of the Jamestown Old Timers for again agreeing to take part in the game, the proceeds of which will go to a worthy cause.

Ron Thomas with the Old Timers said the team is happy for the chance to play on its home field at Diethrick Park.

“While the real point of the game is to raise money for a worthy cause — the Jamestown Boys and Girls Club — the Old Timers are looking forward to a chance to avenge ourselves after last year’s trouncing at the hands of the Jamestown Police Department,” Thomas said.

He added, “Last year’s game was a lot of fun and, even though it didn’t go our way, it’s hard to beat playing baseball with a bunch of people who love the game.”

Jeffrey Kroon, Boys & Girls Club executive director, said the organization is approaching the end of what has been a busy summer season. He said donations will help them replenish supplies ahead of the fall schedule.

“We appreciate being involved,” Kroon said of the charity baseball game.

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