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West Hartford Youth Baseball Partnering with SustainableCT for New Lights

WHYBL is partnering with SustainableCT to fund new lights for the baseball field at Wolcott Park. Courtesy photo

The West Hartford Youth Baseball League has a partnership with SustainableCT for a matching grant to fund new lights at Wolcott Park.


West Hartford Youth Baseball, entering its 74thseason this spring, has entered into a partnership with SustainableCT to help raise funds for new lights at Wolcott baseball field.

The baseball field at Wolcott Park is the town’s only lighted baseball field and has given generations of West Hartford kids the opportunity to play nighttime baseball under the lights. According to League President Cy Hess, “It has been critical to the development of our kids into great baseball players and has cemented West Hartford’s status as a top-tier baseball town.  Now, however, Wolcott’s baseball field lights are long past their expected lifespan. The quality of light has greatly diminished, they are energy inefficient, pose increased safety risks, and grow more and more difficult to maintain each year.”

WHYBL has already raised over 50% of the funds and has partnered with SustainableCT’s “Community Match Fund” to help complete its fundraising goal. The goal of the Community Match Fund is “to support and amplify grassroots efforts that strive to transform their community, neighborhood, and town for the good.”

According to Hess, “the great thing about the Community Match Fund is the match is based on the number of participants, not just the dollars raised. In order to get the maximum matching amount, we need 150 unique donors to the project. My hope is we will see smaller donations from our players, parents, and grandparents who will be spectators at many of these games.”

To learn more about the project or to donate to WHYBL’s “Keep the Lights On” project, please visit the Patronicity fundraising campaign page.

To learn more about West Hartford Youth Baseball or to register for the upcoming season, please click here: West Hartford Youth Baseball League (whybaseball.com)

To learn more about SustainableCT and its ability to impact local communities, please visit  (sustainablect.org)

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