COHOES, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The Tri-City ValleyCats, sponsors and volunteers are pulling everything up from four local fields so a new foundation can be laid down thanks to one very special young man’s idea.
“I see that kids that have developmental disabilities aren’t playing in, like, organized sports, and I wanted to give them a chance to play on a team where they’re learning how to play baseball,” he said.
Cohoes Little League President Mike Smith says it was a no brainier to implement Danny’s plan.
The project costs between $25,000 and $30,000, and the Cohoes Little League will now get new sod, a new home plate and new bases.
“I feel really happy that the community has my back on this one,” Danny said.
Renovation began around 7 a.m. Thursday and is expected to be completed by nighttime when the players will have more reason to do what they love.
“There’s nothing like opening day,” Tri-City Vice President and General Manager Rick Murphy said. “A lot of these leagues opening up in the next week and to be able to see the smile on the face of the kids on opening day and the coaches and the parents, hot dog, baseball – the national pastime – it’s a great day. We’re excited to be a part of it.”
The new renovations will allow Cohoes to add a Challenger division to their league. Other fields that will be renovated include Coxsackie-Athens Little League, Town of Hoosick Youth Baseball and Niskayuna Baseball.