Softball: A Taste of Italy

$2,910 of $60k goal

Raised by 37 people in 36 months
Louis Cicenia   MAPLEWOOD, NJ
I have been chosen to recruit and coach a softball team that will travel to Italy next Summer for International competition against Florence, Milan and Rome. This honor has been made available by ACIS- (American Council for International Studies).

With this opportunity, I've recruited the girls who play under my direction at Columbia High School, along with a few from surrounding towns. They will act as ambassadors representing softball and the United States, while competing internationally. The team as a whole will spend some time exploring the local regions we play against and get the chance to discover the customs/traditions of the Italian culture while gaining an educational experience too. This trip essentially encourages patriotism in my players while promoting peace and developing an international understanding of others.

In order for this 9 day trip to Italy be a success, we have to cover the team's expenses to travel abroad. Currently, many of our players can not afford to pay the $4000 per player to commit (even with payment plans). As their coach, I am trying to arrange fundraisers and opportunities that would drastically reduce each players' costs- making it available and affordable to ALL of my players. We would truly appreciate your assistance in making this vision possible and available to ALL our girls!

Here is a link that was printed in the local News-Record this week explaining in detail our situation. If you could take the time to read it, I would appreciate it.
http://essexnewsdaily.com/sports/sports-belleville/softball-team-plans-to-get-a-taste-of-italy


Thanks for your time and consideration.

Louis Cicenia
Columbia HS Head Softball Coach
2014 America's Team Head softball Coach
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Update 11
34 months ago
Still looking for support. Who can help us get to our next goal- $3000?
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Update 10
34 months ago
All:

So far, we have raised a little over $2500 towards our trip to Italy for our local high school softball players who will be representing Team USA next summer. We are still trying to defray the cost of the trip for all of our members. We have recruited the Roman Gourmet in Maplewood this week to assist. They have agreed to donate 10% of their proceeds to our team from Monday to Thursday night. Please use them to help support us.

Thank you all for your generous donations and support! I look forward to sharing photos next July from Italy so you can see where your contribution went.

Thanks again!
Lou Cicenia
CHS Softball Coach
America's Team Softball Coach- 2014
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Update 9
35 months ago
Recruited the Roman Gourmet to donate 10% of their proceeds from September 23rd to 26th towards our charge! It really does take a community of caring individuals to make the leaders of tomorrow! Please join our team to make this happen for us!
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Update 8
35 months ago
Yes! We broke $2000. Next goal, $2500! Small steps but we can do it! Thank you to everyone who has supported us this far. Keep spreading the word, afterall... we have another $58,000 to reach out goal! Please share this on your Facebook/twitter accounts!
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$2,910 of $60k goal

Raised by 37 people in 36 months
Created August 1, 2013
Louis Cicenia     MAPLEWOOD, NJ
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$100
Paul Parsons
32 months ago

Many great CHS Softball memories. Hope you all have a wonderful experience.

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BC
$100
Billy and Joanie Cicenia
33 months ago (Offline Donation)

Have a lot of fun in Italy! Good luck!

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MG
$100
Mary Jeanne Gizzo
34 months ago

Enjoy the experience! Paul, Mary and Jen (Hesse) Gizzo

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JD
$50
Jeff Dubowy
34 months ago

Good luck Lou! Best to you and the team!

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SS
$50
Sharon and Jimmy Schwarz
35 months ago (Offline Donation)

Just read about your fundraiser on the computer. Sounds like a worthwhile cause. Good Luck!

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KO
$75
Keith OSullivan
35 months ago
JD
$25
Jonelle Delk
35 months ago

Awesome!

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KK
$30
Katerina Karis
35 months ago

Have fun!

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$50
Jelani Roper
35 months ago

Lou, good luck to you and the CHS team!

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MH
$50
Meghan Parsons Hyer
35 months ago

What an amazing experience, wish they had this when I was playing! Good luck girls!

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