||Bulls Raise $6,745 For Youth Athletic League
The 3rd Annual Durham Bulls Youth Athletic League (DBYAL) Charity Auction raised $6,745 on Friday night July 25, 2003, at the Bulls game against the Indianapolis Indians. That total was a gain of nearly $1,000 over last season.
“This was an outstanding show of support by the Triangle Community,” Durham Bulls General Manager Mike Birling said, “Over the last three seasons we’ve generated nearly $30,000 for the Durham Bulls Youth Athletic League through charity auctions. That money allows hundreds of kids in Durham to play little league baseball or soccer who otherwise may not have had the chance.”
The auction was held on the main concourse from 6:00 PM through the 7th inning. Auction items included autographed baseballs from Cal Ripken Jr., Ryne Sandberg, Joe Morgan and Jim Palmer, an autographed poster by the 1992 Duke University Basketball team, and a series of game worn 1913 Durham Bulls replica jerseys worn by the team over the past five seasons. The items that went for the most money were a Dean Smith autographed baseball and a Clay Aiken autographed baseball. Over 120 items were available for auction with bids ranging anywhere from $25 to $300.
The DBYAL is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of Durham’s inner city children by providing high-quality sports recreation programs free of charge. Since its inception in 1994, the DBYAL has sponsored thousands of children allowing them to participate in Little League Baseball and Soccer. This year, the league has been active with a $500,000 pledge drive for “Field of Dreams,” a plan to renovate two baseball fields in Northeast Central Durham. The parks are located near the intersection of Liberty Street and Hyde Park Avenue. For information regarding donations for this project please contact the Durham Bulls at 919-687-6500.
Thanks to DBBC’s Matt DeMargel for this capcom story.