Great College Baseball, Great Family Fun and a Great Way to Support Kids in Need

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2017 ABCCL All-Star Baseball Game to Benefit the Play for James Foundation and Camp Quality NJ for Kids with Cancer

Lakewood, NJ — The Atlantic Baseball Confederation Collegiate League’s 2017 Captain Ryan K. Iannelli All-Star Game and pro-talent showcase are scheduled for Wednesday, July 5 at beautiful First Energy Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies Class A affiliate, the Lakewood Blue Claws.

Now in its 17th year of operation exclusively in the Garden State, the non-profit ABCCL has established a well-earned reputation for high-quality play and a unique spirit of cooperation and partnership with college programs around the country.

Over this time players have joined the ABCCL from colleges and universities nationwide, including major programs such as LSU, Rice University, Rutgers, Tulane, the University of Florida, Virginia, Monmouth University, Ohio State,  Duke, Oral Roberts, Seton Hall, St. John’s, North Carolina, Sam Houston State, West Virginia, Manhattan, Rider, UCONN and Willian and Mary to name just a few

Named in honor of Captain Iannelli, a former ABCCL All-Star player who was killed in action while serving in the United States Marine Corp in Afghanistan, this year’s game will benefit the Play for James Foundation and Camp Quality for Kids with Cancer.

ABCCL chairman and founder, Monique Koehler, described the unique event and its dual role. “Our game provides a great opportunity for over 50 of the League’s most talented athletes to be seen by scouts from many MLB teams as well as members of the Major League Scouting Bureau.

“It’s safe to say that every player would love to get a chance to play at the highest level and this event could be a step in that direction for some. In our first 15 years alone over 200 players have gone on to play professionally. A few years ago Baltimore Orioles pitcher, Brad Brach was one of our all-stars and achieved that same level of excellence as a member of the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star team… so it really can happen,” she said.

More than just a great baseball game, the event will benefit the Play for James Foundation and Camp Quality for Kids with Cancer. “Part of the ABCCL’s mission has always been to support worthy charitable causes and promote community service,” Koehler explained. “It’s what really sets us apart from other leagues of our type. This year, voluntary contributions by fans at the game will go to help the Play for James Foundation and Camp Quality. Both these exceptional non-profit organizations are focused squarely on kids and young people in need, whether it’s providing access to health care, educational opportunity or a better quality of life. All contributions are tax-deductible and will be applied directly to these organizations’ important programs and services.”

Plan on bringing the whole family to this unique sporting event at one of the nation’s premier minor league baseball stadiums. There are no seating restrictions, so you can get right into the action and up close and personal with some of the players who you may be seeing in “the bigs” in the not too distant future.

The date again is July 5 at First Energy Park in Lakewood, NJ.  Gates open at 4 PM.  Come out early and see the talent showcase, which begins at 4:30 PM. Once the players go through their individual paces, the 9-inning All-Star Game will follow with the first pitch scheduled for 6:15 PM.  Concessions will be open. We hope to see you there.