The time has finally come for Project Triple Play.
After being in the works since Nov. 2014, organizers are making one final push on Tuesday, Sept. 6 towards raising the necessary funds to put in their new softball diamonds.
A seat sponsorship fundraiser will be set for the ground breaking of the new Rotary Field and the renovations of Kinsmen Field.
The main goal was to host the 2018 WBSC Junior Men’s World Championship, to be held in July of 2018. But the organizing committee quickly found out they would need to make improvements to their diamonds to meet International Softball Federation standards.
Kalen Kovitch, Project Triple Play marketing and sponsorship coordinator, said the rest of the organizing committee thought about throwing in the towel at that point. But instead, they found a way to make it work, which will surely make Tuesday’s ground breaking even more special.
“There’s times along the way where you thought, ‘no, this is never going to happen.’ Then there was that group of us that said ‘no, we really want to do this. We want to be able to bring world class softball to P.A.,” he said.
Funds still need to be raised even as the shovels dig into the dirt on the new project.
Kovitch said $1.1 million of the $1.5 million have already been raised, not including some grants and sponsorships which are on their way.
The seat sponsorship sale will go a long way towards reaching the goal.
Approximately 600 seats are available and fans can purchase seat sponsorships for $500.
Passes will be made available for sale. They’re $100 if bundled alongside a seat sponsorship, or $150 by themselves. At the tournament itself in 2018, they’ll be $200.
“We want to make this our big push to that $1.5 million,” Kovitch said. “We want to encourage folks to take advantage of some affordable sponsorships, put their name on a seat for the entire life of the diamond and be able to help us out.”
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