Hoppers give Hope

Greensboro, N.C. – In an on-going effort to enhance the overall landscape of its community, the Greensboro Grasshoppers have stepped outside of the baseball business and donated $100,000 to the Hope Project, Hoppers President and General Manager Donald Moore announced Wednesday.

Using existing community agencies and resources, the Hope Project works with young adults to help them find alternatives to gang membership. With the assistance of some 40 agencies and more than 60 individuals, the Hope Project offers a variety of services to youth who find themselves drawn toward gangs and illegal activities.

“Our organization’s success is dependent on the overall well being of the community and we support this project very strongly,” said Moore. “Anything we can do to keep our young people from getting involved in gang activity is a step in the right direction.”

Already, the Hope Project has worked with nearly 30 young adults and their families according to Darryl Kosciak, coordinator of the Hope Project.

In a release by the City of Greensboro, Kosciak said the key to the success of the Hope Project is a strong collaboration with community partners. “We may be taking the lead in this initiative, but the entire community needs to be involved for our work to have a lasting impact,” he added.

“We’ve been blessed with the great support this city has shown for the Grasshoppers,” said Moore. “The Hope Project is a life-changing effort and we feel this is a great way for us to give back to the community that has given so much to us.”

This is not the first time the Greensboro Grasshoppers have stepped outside the ballpark to provide aid to the community. On Nov. 3, 2006, the Hoppers donated $100,000 to the rebuilding efforts of Eastern Guilford High School after it tragically burned to the ground just two days earlier.

For more information about this and other on-going community projects the Greensboro Grasshoppers are involved with, contact Justin Stottlemyre at 336-268-2892 or justin@gsohoppers.com.