Lincoln-Way West Softball raises funds to "Strike Out ALS"
Tuesday, May 9, 2017

On Wednesday, May 3, 2017, softball players from Lincoln-Way West High School teamed up with players from Glenbard West High School to “Strike Out ALS.” In total, students raised over $5500 to support their cause. Each athlete on the Lincoln-Way West and Glenbard West softball teams sold at least five T-shirts in order to raise funds; attendees of the game also participated in raffles and contributed to donation buckets. All proceeds from the event will benefit The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and the Antonelli family.

The MDA is dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)—also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and related diseases. The MDA currently supports 150 research projects worldwide; nearly 50,000 kids and adults visit a MDA care center each year.

The proceeds from the event will also benefit a local family. Ana Antonelli, Lincoln-Way West Softball Team Manager and student, has been a part of the Warrior softball program throughout her entire high school career. Steve Antonelli, Ana’s father, has been one of the Warriors’ biggest fans. In recent years, Steve has bravely battled ALS and has been an inspiration throughout his fight.

The Warriors teamed up with Glenbard West for the cause, as the Hilltoppers also have an avid interest in helping to fight ALS. Glenbard West assistant coach, Natalie Rubino, has been volunteering at the Muscular Dystrophy Association for the past ten years, and plans the annual ALS benefit.

“We are very appreciative of the Glenbard West’s softball team for not only their willingness to participate in our game, but their support and efforts in raising funds and awareness,” said Lincoln-Way West Softball Coach, Heather Novak. “It was very much a collaborative effort by both programs.”