The coaches of the Armstrong High School Softball and Baseball teams have launched a fundraiser to help buy gear that they need for the upcoming season, including uniforms, hats/visors, socks, bats, balls, gloves, and field equipment.
Your contribution will support a program and students who are operating at a high level and who are being stewarded by great coaches. The softball team has won the unofficial Richmond title (vs other city teams) in Coach Anderson’s first four years, going 16-0 against RPS teams over that span. The baseball team is headed up by Lawrence Day, a veteran of inner city baseball and lauded area little league coach.
The teams have already begun to practice for the upcoming season which begins in late February.
Want to contribute but uncomfortable with online donations? Make a check out to Armstrong High School Softball Program and drop it off at the front office or mail it to Armstrong HS CO/ Glenn Anderson at 2300 Cool Lane, Richmond, VA 23223.
Long term, the teams also need actual facilities in which to play and practice. The Armstrong campus does not have a field for either sport, although the baseball team will have access to a Parks and Rec-owned field adjacent to the Armstrong Cycle Track. This still leaves the softball team homeless, as baseball is played on a field with a pitchers mound while softball is not. Even this field, though, is incredibly sub-par.
Softball Coach Glenn Anderson estimates that it would take $35,000 to put in a new softball field. He has already secured a $2,500 grant from the Enrichmond Foundation, and is actively looking for other funding sources.
Without the capability to host home games, the softball and baseball teams are cut off from the most basic fundraising that are available to the basketball and football teams. Coach Day day also laments the lost opportunity for the community to come out and see a game, to support and cheer for the team.
Coach Day sees a new baseball field as one step, not an end goal. “We could have clinics, camps. We could really build,” he says.