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Friday, April 05, 2013 11:31 AM

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DELPHOS — Jeff Swick had coached baseball for over a decade at Fort Jennings.
Important though that was for the community, he found a higher calling.

He stepped down to become president of the Playing Hardball Against ALS (PHAALS) Foundation that serves patients and families stricken with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

According to information supplied by Swick, founded in 2012, the PHAALS Foundation provides services for the ALS community, helps promote ALS awareness, raises funds for Foundation services and provides families with the Diamond Dreams Program.

The Foundation also provides the PHAALS Hall of Fame Scholarship to approved families with ALS.

It’s mission is to help in the fight for a cure for Lou Gehrig’s Disease and enrich the lives of families battling ALS.

They hope to do this through research, awareness and financial assistance to those stricken with ALS.

They also seek to provide physical and emotional support.

They have set up a schedule of 24 dates for baseball games as part of fundraising and raising awareness efforts for those dealing with this disease.

“We have a number of these games set up and at each one, we are going to induct into our PHAALS Hall of Fame LEGENDS those who have died from this disease,” Swick explained.

The St. John’s and Jefferson baseball match Thursday night was the third installment of the series, each team wearing special game shirts: St. John’s in white and Jefferson in red.

The second game, Parkway at Spencerville, was postponed from Tuesday until April 26.

Other games in the surrounding area are Lima Senior at LCC, Tuesday; Fort Jennings at Leipsic, Thursday; Elida and Van Wert at Napoleon, April 13; Bluffton at Ottoville, April 17; Allen East at Columbus Grove, April 18; Baldwin Wallace at ONU (college), April 20; Continental at Kalida, April 22, Ottawa-Glandorf at Defiance, April 23; Pandora-Gilboa vs. Miller City at Fifth Third Field in Toledo (Game 2), April 24; and Paulding at Lincolnview, April 25.

For further information or to donate, contact PHAALS Foundation, 155 Champion Drive, Fort Jennings, Ohio 45844; Swick at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or Monica Gerdeman, media director, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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