Red Land Little League Visits THON

The United States Little League champions’ fundraising efforts culminated in an appearance on the stage during THON weekend.

They were introduced via a highlight reel on the Bryce Jordan Center’s jumbotron before being announced with a list of their accomplishments, including but not limited to going 20-0 en route to winning the U.S. Championship with “a combination of power batting and precision pitching” and setting an attendance record at the Little League World Series.

Since their massive popularity from the LLWS, Red Land visited Four Diamonds families, gave autographs, and spread the word of the great cause in appearances at major and minor league baseball games.

Manager Tom Peifer took the microphone next, reiterating the work that his team put in. As of the middle of last week, Red Land raised $28,000. The total increased as Peifer pulled out a $1,000 dollar check on stage before continuing his speech.

“What a beautiful day to care about the kids,” he began, before quoting Martin Luther King, Jr.: “We all can be great.”

“You’ve probably seen a poster that says dance like nobody’s watching,” he continued. “Today, the whole world’s watching.”

Peifer wrapped up his speech with, “We will beat cancer.” His team led a “We Are” chant before handing the microphone over to first baseman/pitcher Cole Wagner. He went into more detail about the team’s visit to local hospitals and wrapped things up by telling stories about kids who want to play baseball like them.

“You are helping them get there.”

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