ROXBURY, NJ - When it comes to fundraising, the Roxbury High School Baseball Parents Club is pretty successful. That's evidenced by the long list of contributors that adorn two banners displayed at all home games at the high school each year.
It was almost time to hang the 2020 banners. Then came the coronavirus.
As are all sports, baseball in Roxbury is on hold while social distancing mandates, designed to slow the spread of COVID-19 - are in effect. That makes the baseball parents sad, and so does the fact that the sponsors aren't - at least so far - getting what they paid for, said club president Tom Shuman.
Nevertheless, the club is going ahead with having the banners printed.
"The banners are about to ordered and will still be hung at the varsity field with the hopes that games may be played and spectators will see the local businesses that support the program," Shuman said.
Months of Effort
He pointed out that the parent club's fundraising plans for 2020 began in December
The club got in its first organized fundraiser of the year, a pancake breakfast on the last Saturday of February at Applebee’s in Flanders. Players served food and were responsible for bussing the tables and cleaning dishes, Shuman said.
Due to the very large graduating class, the senior parents were about to hold a fundraiser the day that school closed to any outside activities. "Dr. Rocco Simmeranno of Tri County Orthopedics (a Parent Club member) and Joe Koch, Roxbury’s athletic trainer, were going to co-host a seminar about preventing injuries in youth sports," Shuman said. "The senior baseball players were scheduled to be at the seminar to collect donations."
The Parents club has two more fundraisers on hold: A raffle ticket sale and car wash. Shuman said money raised by the club assists the high school budget for baseball as well as providing for Senior Day, Senior Gifts and Scholarships.
The Team Was Ready
"The players started off-season weightlifting and training in September, working out four to five times per week," Shuman said. "Voluntary baseball training began in December. The first day of high school tryouts was Friday, March 6 and started with pitchers and catchers at 5:45 a.m."
He said the team, which won back-to-back sectional championships, was poised to go far this season, having a large senior class of 12 players. "Four of them will be playing baseball at the college level and one will be playing college basketball," Shuman noted. "Roxbury also has two returning varsity juniors that have committed to play baseball at the college level."
"The boys were one day away from a double-header scrimmage at Toms River when life changed," Shuman said.
Given the grim reality, Shuman said the players' parents want to publicly thank all the businesses, families and individuals that signed-up to be sponsors. It's a long list:
G&L Custom Homes
Knight's Automotive Repair
Buddy's Small Lots
The Monro Family
The Axelson Family
The Findlay Family
Blue Diamond Disposal
Chris Merring Heating & Air Conditioning
A Grade Property Restoration
Homework Helpers of Long Valley
Live The Lake
RJ Roofing & Siding
Paxos Electric Co.
Lordigyan Insurance Agency
N-Hance Cabinet Refinishing
Fraternal Order of Police Mt. Arlington
New Jersey Siding & Windows Inc
Resource New Jersey Inc
Creative Learning Academy
Erin Misurelli, State Farm Insurance
All Clear Plumbing and Drains (a TAPinto Roxbury sponsor)
IVYREHAB Physical Therapy
Absolute Home Mortgages
MRI of West Morris
La Gratella Pizzareria & Restaurant
Dezine Line (a TAPinto Roxbury sponsor)
Mills & Defilippis CPAs
Fresh Cuts Barber Shop
Frank's Pizza of Mt. Arlington
Total Arm Care
Mt Arlington Chiropractic
Elite Diamond Performance
The Kerr Family
New Jersey Bar and Grill
Roxbury Diner (a TAPinto Roxbury sponsor)
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