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Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Brother, Can You Spare a ... Bat?

Before I ever saw Northampton County Judge Emil Giordano in a courtroom, I saw him at numerous baseball diamonds. He loves sports, and was a triathlete himself in his younger years. I always thought he would have been an excellent professional coach. He loves the kids and they love him. Almost all of the boys he coached in first and second grade are now excelling in baseball and basketball.

Me, I'm just a fan. But Judge Giordano has always assured me I'm a great athletic supporter.

His son Joseph and niece Victoria started an organization last year called The Tenth Inning. They collect gently used baseball/softball gloves, bats, batting helmets and catching gear so that they can be redistributed to children in need in local communities. Believe me, there are many kids out there, especially in Allentown, who would treasure a hard ball or a half decent glove. I've seen that firsthand.

This program was a big success last year. According to the Judge, "The generosity we witnessed last year with all the donations collected was amazing!"

So if your kids (or you) have outgrown that old baseball or softball equipment or you have sporting goods in your garage that haven't been used in a while, fill out this form and wait for a call from Joseph or Victoria.

I'll be checking, too, but first I have to make sure I have no outstanding warrants.


Anonymous said...

Bernie thank you for posting positive stories
Maybe you want to make it a weekly or monthly segment
I enjoyed this one and the one on Dr Unger

Bernie O'Hare said...

Believe me, I love these stories much more than anything else I write.

Winston Smith said...

Your hitting the right balance, these types of stories won't get 1/10th of the comments a TM story might but they are important and appreciated.
I'm sure there are more than a few pieces of sporting equipment languishing in my hovel that would be better off being donated.

Anonymous said...

Bernie..I have a ton of practice softballs. Would they want them?

Bernie O'Hare said...

Yes they would. All of this is great.

Anonymous said...

How about rubber pitching plates with the metal cleats included?

Bernie O'Hare said...


Anonymous said...

I have donated before to the Bethlehem LL program..bats and helmets and other assorted stuff but still have leftovers the boys did not want..