La Salle High School’s Director of Baseball Operations Harry Agajanian took local high school baseball players and coaches to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for a tour of the hospital and to meet one of the patients to present him with a baseball cap and signed baseballs. It turns out the patient who was in CHLA for complications of pneumonia happened to be a little league baseball player from Baldwin Park.
This is La Salle’s 2nd annual fundraiser through open invitation to all high schools for their President’s Day “ALL IN” baseball tournament to help raise funds for CHLA and to teach the students to give back to the community. Of the 40 school tournament participants, student athletes from La Salle, Bosco Tech, Pasadena, Newbury Park, and Pomona High Schools attended a tour of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and presented hospital representatives Bob Weiner and Laura Gatewood with the promotional check. The total funds raised for the hospital the past two years is over $15,000.00.
Coach Aggie asks for more community involvement. “Our student-athletes learned that giving without receiving is a treasured gift. Although we grew from 24 participants our first year to 40 teams in 2016, we still need to make a bigger and better push for local establishments to help reach our goals. We are looking forward to even a larger turnout at next year’s President Weekend, as well as more sponsorship through parental involvement. Our mission is to teach our youth that the greatest joy of living is the joy that comes from giving.”
Sponsorship forms for next year’s fundraiser are now available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
La Salle High School, 3880 East Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena, (626) 351-8951 or visit www.lasallehs.org.