OBHS Baseball Cap Fundraiser Honors Vets & Those Who Serve
To honor those who fight to preserve our freedom and our way of life, the Oyster Bay High School Varsity Baseball Team decided to wear camouflage baseball hats at home games this season. After overwhelming interest from baseball fans and the school community, the caps have turned into a successful fundraising campaign to benefit 9-1-1 Veterans Long Island, (http://911veterans.com) a non-profit organization that assists local veterans and those who currently serve our country.
“Baseball has always been considered America's past time, said Coach Jeffrey Schiereck. “It seems only fitting that a team that calls Memorial Field home pay tribute to those who serve and have served.”
From the moment the team started wearing the hats, there was a lot of interest from the school, baseball and general community about how to obtain one. That’s when the fundraising idea began. “One morning, while wearing the hat and walking down the high school hallway with Head Custodian Scott Lyle, about 10 people asked me about the hat,” Coach Schiereck said. “Scott turned to me and said, ‘You should sell the hats for a fundraiser’.”
Coach Schiereck ran with the idea and decided to send the proceeds to 9-1-1 Veterans Long Island, an organization that Assistant Coach John Brush, a Marine, has worked with in the past. The organization has no paid employees, which allows it to give nearly 100% of donated funds to veterans who require emergency assistance with living expenses.
“The response has been amazing,” Coach Schiereck said. “We sold out of our first order in a day and a half. We are currently selling our second order.”
The caps are $20 dollars each. Anyone who is interested in a cap can contact Coach Schiereck at firstname.lastname@example.org or Coach Brush at email@example.com or any of the varsity baseball players.
“To those who have supported us and to all who are selling the caps I would like to express my gratitude,” Coach Schiereck said. “When one embarks on such an endeavor, there is always apprehension as to what the response may be. It is humbling as well as inspiring to me, personally, to see how the school and community has responded. We thank you all for the support.”
The Oyster Bay High School Varsity Baseball Team wears the camouflage caps that are being sold to raise money for 9-1-1 Veterans Long Island, a non-profit that assists local veterans and those who are currently serving our country.