MARSHALL FIRE: Youth baseball players lose everything, work to rebuild

LOUISVILLE, Colo. (KDVR) – People from all over the country are working hard to help those affected by Marshall fire, including dozens of young baseball players who have lost everything. With the baseball season coming up, they’re getting some help replacing the essentials.

Tragedy brings out the best in our community. It brought together two competitive youth baseball leagues for the common goal of getting kids back into the game.

“It is unbelievable what these families are going through,” said Cristi Knudsen, president of the Louisville Youth Baseball Association.

It took a while to realize everything was lost in the fire destroyed more than a thousand houses, including baseball equipment for dozens of the league’s junior players. They lost their helmets, sticks, gloves, shoes, tool bags and capture gear.

Michael Marcus, his son’s team coach, said: “We ran away without warning. “This is an overwhelming time.”

The Marcus family lost everything in the fire. He says getting back into baseball is one thing that keeps them going.

“For me personally, baseball is an amazingly good distraction. “Being outdoors with those kids and helping them get better as individuals and together as a team means the whole world to me,” Marcus said.

“For my son to be normal and have some time with his friends after school, just go hit the baseball, it makes him better and it’s a great distraction,” he continued. .

And to help, now in an effort to replace lost equipment, the Louisville Youth Baseball Association and the Monarch Little League are teaming up.

“We know how important it is to get these kids back on the field and feel good about the equipment they’re using and back to normal. Baseball season is coming. We’re trying to buy them some gear, help them feel good about the new season, make sure they feel supported and the family has what they need to get these kids back there. . Baseball gear doesn’t come cheap, we want to give at least $300 to each of these players and families, so if we can get $15,000, I’d be very reassured. We’ve agreed as a board to whatever of the above and beyond what we need to support the families, we’ll go back to the local bushfire fund,” Knudsen said.

Donations are pouring in from all over the country.

“Some of my friends in San Francisco who are San Francisco firefighters have donated. It is definitely spreading,” Knudsen said.

And thoughtfulness and generosity are certainly appreciated.

“Some of his teammates went to shovel snow, with the aim of raising money for this GoFundMeit’s unbelievably good,” Marcus said.

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Tom Vazquez

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