Henderson’s east side isn’t an affluent area, but it’s rich in baseball tradition. So, as the Henderson Little League geared up for its 25th season this spring, it needed a little help to defray operating costs and ensure that kids from lower-income families could participate even if they can’t afford the $140 entry fee.
Instead, it got a lot of help.
When Dollar Loan Center CEO Chuck Brennan learned that some sponsors had pulled their funding this year, he came to the rescue. At the league’s season-opening festivities on March 16, Brennan surprised everyone at Morrell Park when he increased his expected $10,000 donation to $25,000.
“If we don’t get donations from places like Dollar Loan Center, we have to raise our rates,” league President Todd Ream says. “And we hate to raise our fees. So donations like this allow us to keep our fees low, but also give us opportunities to travel.”
Brennan’s generosity didn’t end there. He also donated $5,000 to the family of 20-year-old Cody Clark, who played in Henderson Little League from the ages of 5 to 15 and was diagnosed earlier this year with cancer in his hip bone.
“It’s wonderful that someone has such a kind heart and is willing to do that,” Ream says. “It doesn’t happen a lot.”
This year, more than 400 kids are playing in the league, but Ream says the impact of Brennan’s donation reaches well beyond the 2012 season.
“This $25,000,” Ream says, “can help us for multiple years.”