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Port Chester Youth Baseball Hosts Dodgeball Event

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- The Port Chester Youth Baseball League hosted it's sixth annual dodgeball tournament fund-raiser on Friday evening inside of Port Chester Middle School's gymnasium.

"It's a great way for the community to get together and raise funds for the kids," PCYBL President John Sorbella said. "We get to have a good time and we might as well raise some money while we're doing it."

Unlike most other youth baseball leagues, the PCYBL is independently run and is not part of the village's parks and recreation department. However, as dodgeball player and village trustee Daniel Brakewood pointed out, it doesn't mean the village isn't involved with the organization.

"The village gives some money to the league and allows for use of the parks and fields," Brakewood said. "It's really a great partnership."

Brakewood called the tournament a "great event", and while most teams might have victory as their primary goal, the village trustee took a different approach.

"The main goal is to try not to get hurt," Brakewood said, chuckling.

According to the event's co-chairman Chris Swallen, it raises anywhere between $2,000 and $3,000 a year for the league.

"It's getting bigger and bigger every year," said Swallen's co-chair Bob Vyskocil. "People call us months in advance asking us about the tournament."

In addition to collecting the $240 registration fee from teams, the PCYBL also sells concessions donated by Marini's Deli on Willard Avenue.

"It's a great fundraiser for the kids and good for the parents," PCYBL parent Mike Frank said. "PCYBL has a really great program for the kids."

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