Bullets Baseball Dives into Take ALS Yard Campaign

Gettysburg continues annual fundraising effort to combat ALS


The Gettysburg College baseball team dives into another year of fundraising for its annual event Take ALS Yard, which helps identify and fund the most promising scientific medical research that will lead to the first effective treatments and cure for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis).

The ninth annual Take ALS Yard campaign will follow a slightly different plan from prior years due to the on-going Covid-19 pandemic and the allocation of team members across the country. The distance from one another is only added motivation as the Bullets look to carry on and support this great cause for another year.

“To me it was really important to make sure the team stays focused on our commitment to this cause during these times,” said Take ALS Yard Co-Coordinator Erik Wortmann ’21 (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City). “I am really looking forward to the different things we think of to help support Take ALS Yard, while being apart from each other.”

Wortmann and Dan Ball (Bernardsville, N.J./Bernards) will oversee the fundraising efforts in 2020-21, following a long line of student-athletes who have shouldered the responsibility since Nate Simon ’14 helped start the campaign in 2013.

Take ALS Yard began as a philanthropic effort by the baseball program in connection with Tommy Kirchhoff, who was diagnosed with ALS and was the son of Bill ’63 and Jean Kirchhoff ’64, for whom the Bullets’ home field is named. Not long after the creation of the fundraising campaign, Robert Borman P’05, father of former Gettysburg baseball player Rob Borman ’05, was diagnosed with ALS. Kirchhoff and Borman passed away within five months of each other in 2014-15.

Past fundraising activities have included a home run derby and a 3-on-3 basketball tournament for students and staff. The team has also traditionally sold hats and t-shirts at games during the regular season. Over the course of the last eight years, the Bullets have raised more than $70,000 in support of Project ALS. The goal of raising $100,000 is well within site, and a pandemic isn’t going to stop the team from getting there.

“As we try to look forward during these tough times, our efforts as a team do not cease,” said the senior pitcher. “We are currently focusing our efforts to our online donations, and hope to be together again soon to collectively work for this cause. In addition, we hope to organize virtual fundraisers to keep both the Gettysburg College students and the baseball team involved with our efforts to Take ALS Yard.”Print Friendly Version

This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

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