SHRUB OAK, N.Y. – The 12U Yorktown Sluggers emerged victorious in the fourth annual Kids vs. Cops charity baseball game, winning 7-1 over the Yorktown Police Benevolent Association.
The charity baseball game, held Saturday, June 8, at the Granite Knolls Sports Complex, is organized annually by Dr. Rodd Stein, Sergio Esposito and the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce. Money is raised to send Yorktown children to Camp Sunshine, a Casco, Maine, facility that provides a year-round retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.
Esposito said it costs about $2,500 to send one child and their family to the camp for a week. As of press time, nearly $11,000 in donations have been pledged or collected, Esposito said.
Making a special guest appearance at this year’s event was Dwight “Doc” Gooden, an All-Star pitcher who played for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He won the Cy Young Award and won three World Series titles in his career.
Gooden signed autographs and took photographs with excited residents, with proceeds going to Camp Sunshine.