NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — They won their way into the Little League World Series, but the victory is being tainted by a taste of defeat because the players on the Brooklyn Blue Storm can’t afford to go.
They’re only 8 and 9 years old, but they’re just one step away from living a dream.
Last weekend the Brooklyn Blue Storm Little League team won the regional championship in Connecticut. With their 40-0 record, they should be heading to the American Amateur Baseball Congress World Series in Georgia next week.
“This is all my life because baseball is my dream and I want to see how Georgia is and those baseball fields,” Daniel Corona, who plays on the team, told CBS 2′s Hazel Sanchez.
But unfortunately, the team doesn’t have enough money to get there.
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“Fifty percent of our kids are low income. The other fifty are at the lower bracket of the middle income and that’s pretty tough,” said parent Danny Corona.
The team has raised about $2,000, but needs $5,000 dollars to get 14 players and some of their families down to Georgia by bus. That doesn’t include the cost for five nights of lodging and food.
If they don’t raise the funds, some players will be left behind.
“It’s really stresstaking because everybody wants to come and have the experience that most 8-year-olds don’t get,” another player said.
“It’s costing us more than what we thought and we’re hoping people can help us out,” said parent Henry Larrea.
The Blue Storm players promise every ounce of help will be returned ten fold with the pride of having a hometown World Series Champion team.
“They made believers out of us. They want to make believers out of the entire borough of Brooklyn,” said head coach Matt DiGrigoli.
This season, the team showed they’re unbeatable and they’re confident with a little New York support they’ll prove it to the World.