Syracuse man asking for donations for city little leaguers, teens

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Matt Govendo of Syracuse put out a video on Twitter last week that turned a small plan into a big-league donation. 

Govendo asked people to donate baseball gloves, pants, cleats, and bats to help kids in Syracuse play baseball with better equipment. 

 “Some of the kids didn’t have baseball pants,” Govendo said. “They were wearing jeans and sneakers and they are probably sharing helmets and bats so what we want to do is give updated stuff but hopefully a kid can get his own piece of equipment that he can use and work with.”

The donations then came pouring in. Govendo is confident he can help kids of all ages have the proper equipment. He has teamed up with several businesses to serve as drop-off locations for donations.

Donations can be dropped off at the following places:

  • The Elite Wealth Management Group LLC, 453 S. Main Street, North Syracuse NY
  • Museum of Science and Technology, 500 S Franklin St, Syracuse, NY
  • Wayback Sports Rt. 11 Cicero
  • Legacy Sports Park, 8701 Henry Clay Blvd, Clay, NY
  • North Syracuse Little League
  • Sport Center 481, 6841 Collamer Rd, East Syracuse, NY

After seeing the story on NewsChannel 9, Walt Paluch called Matt Govendo and said to meet him at Play it Again Sports. Paluch bought 14 bats, four helmets, and four bags.

Paluch, a Tipp Hill resident, played for the Cincinnati Reds. He was drafted in 1977 and played with Pete Rose.

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