Last year, new Jordan softball coach John Dimitri and the team held a successful hit-a-thon fundraiser. This time around, Dimitri is looking to make it an even bigger event.
On Saturday, July 15, Dimitri and the Lady Red Jackets will host the second annual hit-a-thon and “Knock Out a Cure for Cancer” event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Jordan’s softball field. The event will not only raise money for Jordan’s 2017 softball season but also for the American Cancer Society.
The fundraiser includes a $20 raffle with $5 from each ticket going to the ACS. The raffle features a variety of big-ticket items, such as Atlanta Braves tickets, a PlayStation 4, a 50-inch flat screen TV and a $100 gas card.
The hit-a-thon portion features donors selecting a Jordan hitter and pledging a dollar amount. The hitter will get 10 swings, and that pledged dollar amount will be multiplied by the distance in feet of the hitter’s farthest hit fair ball. For example, a donor who pledges one dollar to a hitter who records a 100-foot hit as her longest would donate $100.
Raising money for the ACS in conjunction with fundraising for his team is an important one to Dimitri. Dimitri’s father, longtime Jordan baseball coach Anthony Dimitri, died from cancer in 2008.
Dimitri got the idea of the hit-a-thon from studying what other coaches use to raise money. At that point, Dimitri said he knew he wanted to incorporate raising money for the ACS as well.
“I felt like there were other people who were battling with cancer and you may not know it,” Dimitri said. “In the day-to-day life, I was fortunate to have been blessed with good health. There were others who weren't as fortunate, so we came up with the raffle.”
Dimitri explained it’s also a way to give his players some valuable lessons for their futures.
“I try to teach the girls and instill in them that there are bigger things in life for them than just softball,” Dimitri said. “For us to give back, that’s big on what we’re trying to accomplish in our building the program and building up these girls’ lives in general.”
The first edition of the fundraiser raised $1,500, and Dimitri is hoping to raise that mark quite a bit this time around. He’s set the goal at $3,000, with the hope that the community can rally around the causes.
Dimitri stressed that this isn’t simply a Jordan softball event. He wants all those around Columbus -- Jordan alumni or not -- to join in.
“We want to give back,” Dimitri said. “We want to try and build a program, a team and a school that is together. We preach family. Family is not only just our softball or our baseball team or our school; it's outside. It's everyone.”
Jordan D. Hill: 770-894-9818, @lesports
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