Northern Utah baseball club collecting donations for Dominican charity trip

Friday , April 07, 2017 - 5:52 PM

BRETT HEIN, Standard-Examiner Staff

WEST HAVEN — A Northern Utah youth baseball club is collecting donations Saturday, April 8, for a June charity and baseball trip to the Dominican Republic.

Nine players who train at West Haven’s Dominicana Baseball Training, coached by former minor leaguer Audy Mesa, will travel to the Dominican Republic June 10 to play baseball against local teams there — but they’re also seeking to enrich the trip with charity work, said Valerie Mesa, Audy’s wife.

In between games, the team aims to do service or charity work on each of its 15 days in the country. That will come in the form of donating school supplies or hygiene items to communities, visiting an orphanage and similar activities.

The team also wants to donate baseball equipment to poorer teams in the country. Baseball is popular in the Dominican Republic but many kids will play with no shoes and using homemade equipment, Valerie Mesa said.

The West Haven-based team making the trip is comprised of players age 14-16 from schools all around Northern Utah, she said. During the baseball parts of the trip, the athletes will play in a tournament, be coached in strength and agility, and visit professional baseball training camps.

Those interested in contributing to Saturday’s drive can do so by donating:

  • New or gently used baseball equipment
  • School supplies, hygiene items, or small food items like granola bars and fruit snacks
  • Money to purchase such supplies
  • Money to sponsor one of the players in making the trip

Those interested in donating can also contact Audy Mesa at 801-529-8681 or Valerie Mesa at 801-660-5533.

Saturday’s donation event is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the club’s training facility, 2031 S. Painter Lane in West Haven.

The club is also planning more fundraising events like a home run derby, she said. The derby is set for April 29 at Farr West baseball field and those interested can contact Dianna Spatig at 801-309-1121 for more information.

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