Last summer, longtime Branford High School baseball coach George Dummar was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Since then, the community has stepped up in support of the beloved coach with fundraisers, including the Knock – Em Down for George bowling event and the recent Hot Stove Breakfast.
The next fundraiser is now in the works and is being run by Rob Petrillo, a senior captain of the 2013 BHS baseball team. As his Senior Capstone Project, Petrillo will be running a from 9 a.m. to noon.
"Coach has been a very inspiring person and doing this fundraiser for him means a lot to me," said Petrillo, who will be running the camp with the BHS baseball team's coaching staff and other varsity players.
Petrillo credits Dummar in influencing him to pursue college baseball, noting that he "really believed in me as a baseball player and always pushed me to do better." Dummar nominated Petrillo to participate in the Junior Select All-Star game, which allowed Petrillo to play in front of college coaches for the first time.
"Coach Dummar really means a lot to me and I have learned a lot from him," said Petrillo. "With everything he has done for me, this is my way of giving back to him and helping him and his family in a time of need."
Campers will receive a T-shirt and three hours of instruction on hitting, fielding, base running and pitching. The cost for the camp, which is open to all Little League players, is $30 with a registration deadline of April 12. For information, email Rob Petrillo at email@example.com.
More on Coach Dummar's Story
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Coach Dummar Battles On; Fundraiser Tomorrow
Go to Bat for Coach Dummar
There is also a Facebook page in support of Dummar.