For the past 13 years, the St. Christopher’s-Benedictine baseball game has been more than a game. In addition to battling on the diamond, the Saints and Cadets have used the game as a fundraiser for Jacob’s Chance, a nonprofit that enriches lives by empowering individuals 5-40 years old with development, intellectual and/or physical disabilities through inclusive programs that promote personal development and positive relationships.
Saturday morning (April 15), the teams will volunteer as buddies to nearly three dozen Jacob’s Chance athletes, then meet at RF&P Park in Glen Allen at 7 p.m. in an annual matchup of two of the area’s power baseball programs.
“This is always one of our favorite days of the year, regardless of the result of the game,” said Tony Szymendera, who has led the Saints baseball team for 36 years and serves as the school’s director of strategic priorities. “Our two schools come together for a terrific cause, and it’s always exciting to see the broader Richmond community come out to support Jacob’s Chance.”
Sean Ryan, Benedictine’s coach of 20 years and vice president of media relations at PR firm The Hodges Partnership, added: “The whole day is special in that the Saints and Cadets join together to volunteer in the morning and learn the value of giving back. That game itself is icing on the cake.”
Over the years, the teams have helped raise nearly $50,000 for Jacob’s Chance, enabling the nonprofit to purchase uniforms and start new programs.
“It’s safe to say that we wouldn’t be where we are today and making the impact on so many families in the Richmond community without the support of the Saints and Cadets baseball teams and communities,” said Kate Mardigian, founder and executive director of Jacob’s Chance.
While there is no admission fee to attend Saturday night’s game, volunteers will collect donations at the entrances of RF&P Park and take collections throughout the game. Online donations can be made here.
Looking to get involved? Visit here to learn more about volunteer opportunities throughout the year.