“I think Little League is all about the community. That’s what we feel like we can do at this point is to give back to one of our Little Leaguers in a different community,” said league board member Pamela Contreras.
The idea for some sort of tribute came from Little League parent and Boston native Frank McInnis who has a close connection to the boy’s family.
“I’m just overwhelmed at the generosity and the quick action of the league. I didn’t expect something like this to happen so quickly,” said McInnis.
Young players said they felt like they were playing for something special.
“It’s very cool – I like the idea. When I first heard about it – it was mixed emotions,” said Little Leaguer Jack O’Brien.
The league said it raised more than $500 Tuesday night and plans to fundraise Wednesday and Thursday nights.