NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – One day after 1010 WINS and CBS 2 told the story of the Brooklyn Blue Storm, the undefeated little league team that could not afford to travel to the Little League World Series, a New York man has helped make the team’s ultimate dream come true.
Mike Patillo contacted 1010 WINS for more information after he heard about The Storm’s financial struggle on Thursday, looking to pledge the $4,000 they needed to get to the Georgia games.
“I felt it was my need to get in touch with the Brooklyn Blue Storm, a bunch of great little eight and nine year old kids that went 40-0 this season that deserve to play balldown in Georgia this week,” he told 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon.
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Patillo donated the money through his foundation “Field of Dreams,” which was established to honor the memory of his baseball-loving 9-year-old son Stephen who passed away in a car accident two years ago.
Patillo says called the opportunity to donate “a message from my little boy.”
After an outpouring of financial support from community members such as Patillo, as well as local businesses and restaurants, every member of the team and their families will be able to travel down south for the duration of the five-day World Series.
Coach Matt DiGrigoli says he and his team could not be more grateful.
“They’re going to be writing letters to every single person that donated anything to them,” he said.
And to show his own gratitude, DiGrigoli says he has a surprise for Patillo.
“We’re dedicating this world series for his son.”
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