K-9 Demo raises money for Windsor Locks Little League

By Calla Vassilopoulos - Staff Writer
Windsor Locks - posted Thu., May. 23, 2013
Connecticut Corrections Officer Kevin Chung shows K-9 Blitz’s ability to go through obstacles during the Windsor Locks Little League fundraiser held May 19 at Pesci Park. Photos by Calla Vassilopoulos.
Connecticut Corrections Officer Kevin Chung shows K-9 Blitz’s ability to go through obstacles during the Windsor Locks Little League fundraiser held May 19 at Pesci Park. Photos by Calla Vassilopoulos.

From family members to colleagues, the stands were full of people who came to support the Windsor Locks Little League players and the Windsor Locks Police Department’s efforts to raise money for the league. Clouds filled the sky at Pesci Park on May 19, but the rain held back with just enough time to show off several K-9 units and to play some ball.

Five officers from four different units participated in the event - including two officers from the Connecticut Department of Corrections, Joe Motta and Kevin Chung, Plymouth Officer Corey Somoskey, Enfield Officer Chris Dufresne, and Windsor Locks Officer Joseph Malone. The officers brought their K-9 partners to demonstrate different skills they have acquired through their police training, such as obedience, tactical, obstacles and attacking perpetrators.

The town's Little League is looking to purchase a scoreboard in the next one to two years for the field at Pesci Park and to add to their general fund for the league. Between concession stands, apparel sales and donations collected by Little League players, this event raised $200.

“Anyone who has lived in Windsor Locks has a memory [of being] at Pesci Park,” said Windsor Locks Little League Auxilary President Kathy Doody. “There is something about this field - seeing friends, making new friends, the evening under the lights with popcorn in the air.”

Doody helped organize the event along with the Windsor Locks Police Department and WLPD Commission Chairman Kevin Brace. The League hopes to continue the event annually as one of Windsor Locks Little League's many fundraisers.

“The Little League is a work in progress,” said Doody. “We are trying to build momentum for the sport again. We want to bring life back into the Little League – we are trying to build more awareness and more fun events.”

If you would like to support the Windsor Locks Little League, Pesci Park hosts games every night of the week, except Sunday. The concession stand is always open during games and Little League apparel is sold on certain nights. Also be on the lookout for one of their many other fundraisers, from the candy bar sale to pasta dinner and even comedy show tickets.


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