By DEVIN BATES
WESTFIELD – Sometimes it’s not all about wins or losses, but rather winning the game of life.
On Thursday, the Westfield Technical Academy baseball team will host an Alzheimer’s Awareness Benefit when it hosts Sci-Tech at Bullens Field at 6 p.m.
The benefit has personal meaning for several members of the team, including senior captains Nick Clegg and Alex Sparks, who brought the idea to first-year coach Bob Eak.
According to coach Eak, much of the legwork for the event was completed by the two captains.
“Those guys got the idea for this last year and started planning at the beginning of the season,” Eak said. “They did a 50/50 raffle and they’ve been selling bracelets as well.”
The disease hits close to home for Sparks and Clegg, both of whom have family members living with Alzheimer’s.
“My grandfather has lived with Alzheimer’s for nine years,” Sparks said. “It’s been a struggle for the family and I just wanted to do something to show support.”
Sparks’ fellow captain Nick Clegg has experienced a similar situation.
“I also have a grandfather who suffered from Alzheimers,” Clegg said. “I was excited to work with Alex, my friend and teammate, to make an impact.”
The event will look to raise money and awareness for the disease, which affects 5.5 million Americans. Coach Eak was proud of his players for doing their part and helping the cause.
“It’s very commendable. These guys have a lot of heart and this disease is very close to their families,” Eak said. “They’ve done everything from selling bracelets to decorating the field before the game.”
By DEVIN BATES