J-D Varsity Softball players unveil impressive “Swing for the Fences Campaign” check

Jamesville-DeWitt Varsity Softball Co-captains were proud to present the board of education with a $64,362 check during Monday night’s meeting. Parents and volunteers were also in attendance for the exciting announcement.

Image of group photo including Varsity Softball players, board of education members, and school administration with large check.
Jamesville-DeWitt Varsity Softball Co-captains presented the board of education with a $64,362.00 check during Monday night’s meeting.

Co-captains Emily Bulone, Kaira McMahon, and Amanda Aitken took turns at the podium outlining a true team effort in raising the funds which will be used to make improvements to Lyndon Field during phase two of the district’s Capital Project. It’s a long-awaited moment.

“We and the other female athletes, coaches, our families and fans have been at Lyndon Field for countless hours playing softball through Jamesville-Dewitt Little League and the school softball program since we started playing softball over a decade ago” said Co-captain Emily Bulone. 

The last three years were spent getting to this step with the help of dedicated community members and staff.  

Coach Cantor and a group of our parents and other volunteers began to meet to formalize plans, strategize how to work collaboratively with the school district, the Booster Club, Jamesville-Dewitt Little League and others to make the facilities better for the 1,000 female athletes who utilize Lyndon on an annual basis” said Co-captain Kaira McMahon. 

Following the research and brainstorming phase, a project architect was brought on to formalize improvement plans which include updated dugouts, batting cages, fan seating, fencing, and more. While plans were worked out, fundraising efforts picked up steam.   

“There have been several fundraisers we have done with the Booster Club, raffles, and an on-going bag sale over the past year. And most recently, with the help of more than 20 local donors and two grants, we would like to present a check to the School District this evening” said Co-captain Amanda Aitken. 

The group unveiled a large presentation check, and posed for pictures with the board of education and school administration. 

Construction is slated to begin in June.