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IE Softball Team Needs $5,000 for World Series Bid

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San Bernardino - After coming together only eight short months ago, the “So. Cal. Dezire” has earned the right to represent the Inland Empire in the 2012 Triple Crown Sports World Series in San Diego, California from July 15-21.

Armed with a goal of teaching young ladies the fundamentals of organized recreational softball, this 10-member traveling softball team is made up of young ladies age 14 and under, representing the cities of San Bernardino, Banning and Colton. This year marks the 16th year of the Triple Crown Sports World Series and the first time one of the age divisions will be held in Southern California. With this year’s 14 and under tournament set to be held in San Diego County, it is anticipated that 120 teams will participate, with most of the tournament teams coming from California, Arizona, Colorado, and Utah and other states West of the Mississippi.

In order to compete in the series, the team must pay their own way. Through a series of community car washes, hit-a-thons and other fundraising efforts, the team has successfully raised money to cover the cost for most of their equipment, uniforms and tournament fees. However, the team is still in need of an additional $5,000 for travel and accommodations.

"This is very important. These girls are passionate about playing softball," says their coach, James Gonzales, project manager with the San Bernardino Salvation Army Adult Recovery Center (ARC). "I think we can win this, but not everyone can financially pay for such a trip. It would be a shame to see all their hard work come to an end and not be able to participate."

The team needs monetary donations and or corporate sponsorship to continue. Those wishing to make a donation in support of the team may send a check or money order payable to: Banning Pony, 988 N. J St San Bernardino CA. 92411. Please put “So Cal. Dezire” in the memo area. For information, please contact James Gonzales at (951) 906-7624. Photo Caption: Members of the So. Cal. Dezire ready to take the field.

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