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Little League International in Williamsport, PA Supports Grafton Little League’s Effort to Raise Monies for The Martin Richard W. Foundation
Last year, the world watched in horror as hundreds of innocent spectators cheering on runner’s nearing the end of their journey in the Boston Marathon were seriously injured during the bombings. Three people, including 8 year old Martin Richard, lost their lives that day. Martin lived in Dorchester, MA and played Little League Baseball for Savin Hill Little League.
As the one year anniversary of that tragic day approaches, volunteers from Grafton Little League in Grafton, MA are trying to raise $50,000 for the Martin W. Richard Foundation. The foundation was started by Martin’s family to honor his message of ‘No more hurting people, peace’ in hopes of investing in community, sports and education. It was a picture of Martin holding a sign with the words ‘No more hurting people, peace’ that went viral and helped many see Martin as a symbol of peace shortly after the bombings.
There are hundreds of chartered Little League programs in Massachusetts and thousands around the world. More than 1.5 million boys and girls play Little League Baseball every year around the world. Little League is the largest youth sports organization in the world. And if every parent, coach and volunteer around the world contributed a small amount of money, imagine how much money could be raised?
With Dorchester just 45 miles from Grafton, many parents of current players in Grafton Little League grew up in that community and played for Savin Hill as kids. So the communities of Grafton and Dorchester are linked in more ways than one. Just two weeks after last year’s bombings, Grafton Little League, raised $2,000 for the Richard Family Fund at it’s opening day parade. There was an outpouring of support and words of encouragement from many families for what the league accomplished. Grafton Little League had 40 boys playing in its league last year that were the same age as Martin Richard, including the league President Bill Keeler’s own son Brady. It was at their opening Day Parade last year that Grafton Little League raised a Savin Hill Little League flag high above their Ferry Street baseball complex as a way to honor Martin Richard.
Fast forward to January, 2014 as Grafton Little League began spearheading an effort to raise $50,000 for the Martin W. Richard Foundation. There are three individual’s running this year’s Boston Marathon on behalf of Grafton Little League. They are Bill Keeler, the league’s President and father of two sons currently playing Little League Baseball and one son that played in Grafton Little League for 7 years. Lori Belfiore, mother of two boys that have played for Grafton Little League. Lori ran the marathon last year and didn’t finish and was stuck in Kenmore Square when the race was stopped. And Justin Compton, father of two girls who finished Boston last year only a short time before the bombs went off. These three parents/volunteers are hoping you will support their effort to make a difference in the lives of individuals and organizations that will benefit from the monies raise for The Martin W. Richard Foundation.
Thank you for considering making a donation to the Martin Richard Foundation.