Lincoln-Way East athletes collect 777 items for local food pantry
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

During the first week in April, Lincoln-Way East baseball and softball programs collected 777 non-perishable food items in an effort to “stock the shelves” at the Frankfort Food Pantry. Approximately 165 Griffin athletes participated in memory of a former softball player’s mother, Linda Ernat.

“We started this event as a tribute to a former softball athlete’s mom who passed away suddenly,” says Softball Coach Elizabeth Pawlicki. “Mrs. Ernat would volunteer at the Frankfort Food Pantry.”

Since 2014, the two athletic programs have collected items for the Frankfort Food Pantry through a friendly competition; the softball and baseball programs compete to see who can donate more food items. The winners of the competition receive a healthy post-game snack from the other team during a seasonal game.

Baseball Coach Paul Babcock says, “The baseball program was honored that the softball program included us in this friendly competition. It is great to give back to the community in this way.” Over the last two years, the baseball and softball teams have “tied” in the amount of food that each player has donated.