FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 1, 2016
WEST HAVEN, Conn. – The New Haven baseball team participated in the fifth annual Colin's Crew Polar Dip on Saturday, February 20 at Savin Rock Park in West Haven. For the fourth consecutive year, the baseball program will be supporting their six-year-old teammate and honorary captain Colin, who joined Chargers through Team IMPACT.
The Chargers were among the more than 100 swimmers who dove into the Long Island Sound and collectively helped fundraise towards the goal of $20,000 to send eight families to Camp Sunshine, a retreat in Casco, Maine for children with life-threatening illnesses.
Colin and his family are fixtures at games and team events after being drafted by the Chargers in October 2012. Colin and his sister, Maddie, both threw out the first pitch at the Chargers' NCAA East Region Championship game versus Wilmington in May, 2013.
About Colin's Crew
Colin's Crew was originally formed to provide financial and emotional support to the Westbrook family of Wallingford, Conn. Colin Westbrook, son of Heather and Michael, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in October 2009, just days after his second birthday.
Colin, along with his parents and little sister Maddison, attended Camp Sunshine for a week-long vacation in July 2010. "Because of Camp Sunshine, our family was able to take a family vacation like no other. The volunteer staff was wonderful and being able to share stories and bond with other families in the same situation was truly amazing," said Michael.
As Colin continues to do well, Colin's Crew is now organizing a fundraising event with Camp Sunshine to help other families in the same situation as the Westbrook family.
Reporting for this release provided by the athletics commmunication staff at New Haven.
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