Our First Grant
By now you may have seen that our main goal is to promote Scholastic, Freestyle, and Greco-Roman wrestling. However, our Bylaws are more specific and state the following in Article 3. General Intentions of the Organization
(a.) Foster national or international amateur sports competition; (b) give charitable use of clinics, training and tournaments for top-ranked wrestlers; (c) assist underprivileged or poor; (d) foster education about youth sports; (e) assist government, neighborhoods, other nonprofits in social causes; (f) obtain feedback from stakeholders and the community to facilitate sports clinics and un-seeded tournaments.
As you can see in that section our very first commitment is too “a) Foster national or international amateur sports competition”. I always keep this in mind, then one day I happened to come across the Vineland, NJ girls Softball Team. They were asking for donations to travel to Florida and compete for the World Series Title. Their team is the Babe Ruth 14 and under Pigtail League. I put a dollar into their donations can, wished them good luck and then drove home.
On the way home, I couldn’t stop thinking how this trip, and the chance to win a World Championship was a big deal for them. I had been in the same predicament many years ago when my son needed donations to represent the USA in his first world championship in Stockholm Sweden. It didn’t take me long to realize I had to go back and help them out with another donation. I did that and besides the dozens upon dozens of free clinics we have given to wrestlers this is 3 Tech’s first “grant or endowment” if you will. It only amounted to $100.00 but it was very much appreciated by the team. They not only showed me their gratitude that day, they were able to make the trip, proved they were the best and won it all.
Now keep in mind, we’re mainly about wrestling and probably won’t be drifting much from our charity work for amateur wrestlers in the future, but we were as happy to help as they were grateful.
Looking back, finding out how hard they had worked for the championship, and knowing those memories will be with them the years ahead, I have no doubt, more than one of these girls will be our leaders of tomorrow...
Bobby Malatesta, Sr. Founder
Below are excerpts taken from the Vineland Daily Journal after they won it all:
The Vineland Pigtail All-Stars are bringing a World Series championship to the city.
Vineland captured the 14U national title with a 2-0 win over Florida’s Longwood Impact at the Babe Ruth Tournament in Jensen Beach, Fla., on Wednesday....
Vineland went 6-1 at the World Series and avenged its only loss of the summer with the victory over Longwood.
"I have nothing but pure happiness for these girls," manager Bob Dickenson said. "This moment has been three years in the making. We kept this group together. They put in the hard work to get better and here we are, World Series champions."
Starting pitcher Nicole Ortega put together a masterful performance in the title game, scattering three hits and striking out 12. Ortega won the Most Valuable Player award for the tournament.
"It's just unbelievable, no words can describe it right now, it's just the best feeling," Ortega said by phone shortly after the title celebration.
Vineland pushed across two runs in the third inning. Emma Barbera tripled to the left-center field alley, scoring Jailyn Pumell with the go-ahead run. Brooke Dickenson followed with a groundout that scored Barbera.
That was plenty of offensive support for the left-handed Ortega, who didn't allow a runner past second base.
"(Ortega) is a gamer," Dickenson said. "I told her before the game I need that beast mode and that she needs to put this team on her back. That's exactly what she did.
"When we got those two runs, I felt at ease. I know Nic wasn't going to let them back in the game."
Vineland’s defense cut down a Longwood runner at home plate on a great throw by center fielder Ariana Torres in the fourth inning.
"That's a huge momentum-swaying play," Dickenson said.
Vineland will get some time to celebrate the victory in Florida. The manager said the team isn't schedule to fly home until 8 p.m. on Thursday.
Vineland Pigtail 14U Roster
Front row left to right: Ariana Torres, Mackenzie Joslin, Bailey Dickenson, Brazil Hatcher, Emma Barbera.
Back row left to right: Daviana Jimenez, Brooke Dickenson, Manager Bob Dickenson, Brooke Benvenuti, Jailyn Purnell,
Coach Alex Torres, Jordan Soboloski, Coach Mike Frisko, Coach Joe Barbera, Zoe Frisko, Nicole Ortega, Coach Bob Ortega.