LENNOX (CBS) — The local little league that got a big donation from a nearby strip club has now decided they’d rather not accept the cash that would have helped save their season.
The Jet Strip donated $1,200 to save Lennox Little League from having to put away their bats following an increase in fees; The school district recently hiked the league’s fees to use its fields.
The league has approximately 300 players.
The league claims it didn’t know exactly where the money was coming from until reports surfaced Monday that the source was Lennox Entertainment — the parent company of Jet Strip.
The club has also given money to other Lennox causes.
But this little league isn’t striking out just yet. A CBS2 viewer saw an earlier news report and offered enough money to resuscitate the league.
“We saw this story on the news about you guys having to give back that money,” said local paramedic Joe Chidley. “We wanted to present you with this check for the $1,600 you had to give back.”
It was $400 more than the league returned.
One of the league’s coaches used to work for McCormick, the ambulance service Chidley owns.
“We have people like you, great hearts, giving back to the community. And, especially, to these kids, the big picture is helping these kids, keeping them off the streets, keeping them safe,” Lennox Little League president Roberto Aguirre told Chidley.
Chidley said, “We’re happy to do it. It’s a great feeling.”
Aguirre doesn’t regret the decision of giving back the strip club’s donation.
“One door closes and, look, another one opens,” Aguirre said.
The league is now working to open a snack stand so that it can become self-sustaining.