Students were political canvassers, escape room artists, physicists, fashionistas, inventors, thought leaders, collaborators, activists, change agents, and boat builders, among many other identities, during Project Week 2019.
On Friday, May 17, members of Big Blue Varsity Softball and Baseball teamed up to host Pingry's first annual Home Run Derby, a fundraiser to benefit the Cancer Support Community (CSC), a non-profit organization that supports the needs of cancer patients, survivors, and their families.
Organized by Form V/VI Dean of Student Life and Head Coach of the Varsity Baseball Team Jake Ross as well as School Counselor Dr. Adam Rosen, with support from Head Coach of the Varsity Softball Team Chip Carver '77 and Director of Community Service and Civic Engagement Shelley Hartz, the event was open to all Upper School students, faculty, and staff. Spectators cheered as about 30 contestants—primarily members of the softball and baseball teams—came out to showcase their swings: $1 for three swings, $3 for six swings, and $5 for 10 swings.
Taking first place with six home runs was Ryan Smith '20. Tieing for third with three home runs each were Ryan's teammates, Matthew Lee '20 and Jared Goldklang '20, as well as softball standout Angelina Mayers '19.
"On all fronts, the Home Run Derby was a huge success. Students, faculty, and staff had a great time, but most importantly, we rallied together for this very important cause," said Dr. Rosen. "Our hope is that this year's event is the beginning of something special and that we'll continue to build upon our partnership with CSC and this great fundraising opportunity."
Photos: Angelina Mayers '19 swings; Katherine Schaible, Program Coordinator at CSC, speaks with students, as Dr. Rosen looks on in the background.
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