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Hoping to win Pepsi funding

W-B Backyard Wiffle Ball League launches campaign to get grant for a field.

Wiffle ball has long been the passion of many youngsters and a planned activity for many summer picnics. Now, that activity has the potential to raise money for various worthy organizations in the community.

Kevin R. Sickle, commissioner of the Wilkes-Barre-based Backyard Wiffle Ball League, a not-for-profit group, has launched a campaign for votes to win a $10,000 Pepsi Refresh Project grant. The grant would be used to purchase land for a field, which would ultimately host numerous area charity events.

Past charity benefits by the league include Sears’ Heroes at Home, the Colleen Shea Foundation and local Little Leagues.

The Pepsi Refresh Project is based on the simple idea of supporting positive efforts initiated by local communities. Pepsi has granted money toward a variety of causes, including a slam poetry event in Texas and a photography effort, which allows military families to have professional photos taken with their families. Each month the project awards approximately $1 million. This grant money will be received by the top 15 vote-getters received online. The public can vote for the idea once a day every day this month at www.refresheverything.com/bwbl.

Sickle said that area residents hoping to improve their community will rev up their computers and make a difference simply by a click of their mouse. Sickle said the league now hosts one annual charity tournament each year, as well as a full season of Wiffle ball action.

“The league has been operating since 2004,” said Sickle, “and this money would be used for the league to move forward, having its own field and being able to develop its own schedule of its events.”

“The votes would be very appreciated and the grant money well used,” says Sickle, reminding the public to vote at www.refresheverything.com/bwbl.

Sickle said that area residents hoping to improve their community will rev up their computers and make a difference simply by a click of their mouse.

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