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Men's Basketball - Thu, Feb. 7, 2013

State Park Little League of Chesterton, IN will participate in the February 9th basketball game against Cardinal Stritch.  Athletes and families from the Organization are invited to attend the game for free as part of an on-going initiative Purdue North Central created to give back to the community. 

State Park night will be full of activities, including "Coach for a Day,' ball boys and a half time contest.  The Coach for a Day will sit with the team on PNC's bench and shadow the team in the locker room before, during and after the game. 

State Park Little League was established in 1953 for the purpose of providing fields and equipment to help young boys develop into good citizens by providing a properly supervised baseball program. 

Over the years, State Park adapted to the needs of the community by offering a variety of levels of baseball includingT-ball, Minor, Major, Junior and Senior divisions of play, along with the creation of a softball program for girls inthe early 1980's.  State Park anticipated the needs of the community as Chesterton High School began to offer a softballprogram in 1984. 
The teams have grown over the years from about 10 teams in the early years to over 50 teams. In 1994, the league addeda Challenger Division to their program.  The "Challengers" are comprised of mentally and physically challenged childrenwho play a modified form of baseball. Challengers range in age from 5 to 21. Challengers all love baseball but manyChallenger players struggle on the typical little league field due to a wheel chair and uneven surfaces. It is in thespirit of anticipation and adaptation of the community needs that State Park embarks on its next milestone: Building aChallenger Field of Dreams!  For more information on the field: http://stateparklittleleague.com/index.php

Along with Sate Park Little League Night, PNC will recognize senior basketball players Alphonse Futch and Matt Demler prior to tip-off.  PNC's cheer team camp participants will perform at halftime and the LaPorte YMCA and Relay for Life (LaPorte) will also be represented. 

Finally, the PNC Athletic Department will also have an athletic alumni meet-up at Buffalo Wild Wings in LaPorte at 4:30 prior to tip-off.  RSVP to Athletic Director John Weber at 219-785-5273 or [email protected] is required.

PNC is proud to reach out to the community and have partnerships with organizations such as State Park Little League, the YMCA, Buffalo Wild Wings and Relay for Life.  Making an impact on the local community, especially on young students, exposes the possibility of seeking a college degree.  PNC looks forward to continuing being a Champion of Character .