Fidelity Investments Holds Final Equipment Drive for DBYAL on Saturday
The Durham Bulls and Fidelity Investments are teaming up for the fourth and final sports equipment drive on Saturday September 1st to benefit the Durham Bulls Youth Athletic League (DBYAL). Those who donate new or slightly used bats or gloves will receive a commemorative baseball and case, courtesy of Fidelity and the company’s Inspire the Future program.
Following the game, Herb Sellers, the director of DBYAL, will be presented with the Inspire the Future Award recognizing his selfless dedication to giving thousands of under privileged kids in the Durham community the opportunity to play ball. The League, which provides recreational baseball free-of-charge to youngsters in the city’s most economically disadvantaged neighborhoods, has come to play an increasingly important part in the lives of the more than 500 boys and girls, ages 6 to 15, who play each year.
Sellers, who has been with DBYAL since 1994, has been instrumental in helping the Bulls and Fidelity collect more than 400 pieces of sports equipment to date this season. This Saturday and again on September 1st, equipment will be collected at the main entrance of Durham Bulls Athletic Park and piled high for everyone to see. All equipment will go directly to DBYAL participants.
“The DBYAL is extremely important to us. We are very pleased that Fidelity is so committed to the Durham community and to helping provide opportunities for children who otherwise would not have the chance to play ball,” said Mike Birling, General Manager of the Bulls. “We are thrilled with the response for the first two equipment drive dates.”
“As a growing part of the Triangle community, Fidelity and its employees are investing in opportunities to inspire future generations of athletes, musicians, workers and leaders,” said Don Haile, North Carolina site general manager, Fidelity Investments. “We are pleased to partner with the Durham Bulls Youth Athletic League to introduce young people to the joys of baseball and the life lessons it teaches.”
In addition to sponsoring the equipment drive, Fidelity associates have volunteered their evenings and weekends to mentor and coach DBYAL teams this season. Fidelity will also distribute a special offer for Bulls fans on equipment drive nights. For every coupon redeemed for a complementary investments review at its Durham investor center, Fidelity will donate an additional $50 to the youth athletic league.
These initiatives are part of Fidelity’s Inspire the Future program to raise awareness and build support for youth initiatives in communities throughout the country. Through partnerships with local sports and performing arts organizations the program seeks to provide unique opportunities for young people to expand their interests, develop their talents and inspire their futures as the next generation of athletes, artists and community leaders.
For tickets to Saturday’s game between the Durham Bulls and Charlotte Knights, call 956-BULL or click here.
Thanks to DBBC’s Matt DeMargel for this capcom story & graphic.