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Penn Hills Baseball Association prepares for bowling night fundraiser

| Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, 9:00 p.m.

One of the main functions of sports is to allow a community to come together. For years, the Penn Hills Baseball Association has been an avenue for kids to play baseball.

Participation in the Penn Hills Baseball Association recently has suffered. This year, the association will try to increase participation by throwing a family and friends bowling night at Rosedale Lanes from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday.

When coming up with a fundraising idea, the association sought a way to not just attract kids but also make it a family-friendly experience.

The event will cost $12 per person to bowl or $50 for a team of five people; all proceeds will be donated to the Penn Hills Baseball Association. On top of a night of bowling, the people who attend will have an opportunity to win various gift baskets.

“The Penn Hills Baseball Association is still out there. A lot of people don't know it's still around. We are trying to get the word out and get more people involved because our community is struggling,” event organizer Lisa McGough said.

“The more kids that are involved in sports, the more likelihood there will be a decrease in the crime rate. The better health they are going to be in. The kids that are in Penn Hills will want to stay in Penn Hills as adults. We are just trying to get the funds raised so we can fix the things that are broke at the facility and have a better experience for the kids.”

McGough is hoping to have a positive turnout for the Penn Hills Baseball Association and has plans for other fundraising events including movie nights and dances.

Earlier this year, the association had a movie night where the kids watched “The Sandlot” and played a game of baseball.

“If we lose Penn Hills baseball, we are going to lose a huge chunk of our kids because there is nothing for them to do. I took over the sponsorships and fundraising and have year-round events that aren't necessarily baseball oriented, but the funds would go towards the association,” McGough said.

McGough said her own son tried to play in a travel tournament last season. However, there weren't enough players to field a team at her son's age group, forcing a group of 7- to 10-year-olds to enter a 10-year-old tournament.

“They don't care if they win or lose, they just want to play the game,” McGough said.

Those interested in attending the bowling night can email 2locoboys@gmail.com for more information about the fundraiser.

In January, the Penn Hills Baseball Association will post information about sign-ups on the association's website at pennhillsbaseball.org.

“Our big thing right now is to get the Penn Hills Baseball Association to be a positive in the community to get more kids and families involved,” McGough said. “We want to make sure they aren't home playing video games and get them back into the communities playing sports and working together.”

Andrew John is a freelance writer.

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