(Editor’s Note: The following was posted by NYSUT intern Henry McCrory (pictured at left) who, with fellow intern Luke Anapolis (right), helped staff the NYSUT booth and greet members at last Sunday’s Tri-City ValleyCats game.)
It was a sweltering Sunday as hundreds of minor league baseball fans gathered in Troy’s Joseph Bruno Stadium to see their Tri- City Valley Cats — sporting pink jerseys — take on the Staten Island Yankees in a game to benefit the Capital Region Action Against Breast Cancer (CRAAB). NYSUT, a longtime flagship sponsor of the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer fundraising walks, was a proud sponsor of this NY-Penn League game.
Filled with baseball action, fun and games for the kids, the night was a big hit for everyone. The stands were riddled with pink shirts and hats, all showing support for the cause.
Many NYSUT members showed their support by stopping by a special NYSUT booth, including the ValleyCat mascot — “Southpaw” — a teacher at Loudonville Elementary School (his identity remains a team secret).
Meanwhile, Denise Altschule, a member of the Schenectady Federation of Teachers and a special education teacher at Schenectady High School, threw out the ceremonial first pitch of the game with help from her son and daughter.
Near the end of the game, the ValleyCats players signed and raffled off their pink jerseys. Those proceeds, coupled with a portion of all ticket sales, totaled more than $2,000, which was all donated to CRAAB.
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