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City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department & One Albuquerque Fund Raising Money to Replace Stolen Little League Equipment

Alameda and Westgate Little Leagues suffer equipment thefts; City department steps in to help

 In the early morning hours of Thursday, March 11, thieves broke into facilities at the Alameda Little League fields and stole nearly $20,000 worth of equipment.  Previously this year, Westgate Little League also suffered a major loss of thousands of dollars in theft and damage.  Today, the City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with the One Albuquerque Fund, announced a fundraising effort to help these Little Leagues recover from these devastating losses so that their kids can play ball this summer. 

“After Little League was completely cancelled in 2020, these kids were excited to get back on the field. It’s shameful that someone would steal from a Little League,” said Parks and Recreation Department Director, Dave Simon. “I hope the community will step up and pitch in so these kids can play in 2021.”

Community members who would like to help the leagues replace stolen equipment are encouraged to donate to the One Albuquerque Fund, which will contribute matching funds up to $10,000. One-hundred percent of donations will be given to the Leagues to help them get back on the field for the upcoming season:

"We are pleased to participate in this matched donation campaign for the Alameda Little League and Westgate Little League teams. Part of our mission at the Fund is to help create, support, and bolster opportunities for Albuquerque's youth. We all know young people have already suffered so much this past year. Our hope is that with this campaign- and the generosity of Albuquerque's citizens- we can bring back a little joy to this team."