By MEG GREY
The Northview High School baseball team may have spent their spring break practicing but in just a few months they will be basking on the beaches of Costa Rica.
Coach Gary Witham took the baseball team to Europe a few years ago to give them an experience of a lifetime. This year the team is going south of the border June 23-28 to play baseball in Costa Rica. Witham has vacationed there several times and during his visits he met Dr. Lopez and Kurt Johnson who are involved with Costa Rica's youth baseball program. With the assistance of Lopez and Johnson the team's trip is being organized.
Witham wanted the team to have a chance to take the trip mainly for the experience of it. But he also says it will be a nice vacation and an opportunity to play baseball in a different culture, see various tourist attractions and possibly go white water rafting.
The Knights currently have two games lined-up against local Costa Rican teams. "They're anxious to play some Americans," Witham states.
The trip will cost around $1,000 per person. To help defray the costs, area businesses are giving the team several fundraising opportunities. The team raised $3,500 at their Longaberger Basket Bingo but that's not enough. The players will be passing out McDonald's flyers. Anyone with a flyer should present it with their order at McDonald's on April 13 between 11 and 2. A portion of the profits made during this time will go back to the baseball team.
Pam Nodley, a member of the fundraising committee says they are in hopes of making enough from the fundraisers to pay half the cost for the 21 players going on the trip.
The team will also be working hard for their money at Ritter's Frozen Custard in Terre Haute on May 16. Also The Outback Steakhouse will be serving ribeye sandwiches, hamburgers and hot dogs at the NHS concession stand during the Big Four Tournament on May 8. Outback will donate all the proceeds from the sales to the baseball team.