Badges n' Bats softball game raises funds for Special OlympicsPublished Aug 14, 2014 at 2:00 pm (Updated Aug 14, 2014 at 4:14 pm)
David Singer / Staff Mt. Lebanon officer Ben Himan crushes a single to left field.
David Singer / Staff A Mt. Lebanon runner cuts early away from second base knowing Bethel Park has the tag.
David Singer / Staff Bethel Park officer Colby Grubich catches the infield toss for the tag at first.
David Singer / Staff Allstate presented a check for $10,000 for the Special Olympics.
David Singer / Staff Almost: A Mt. Lebanon runner looks on as an infielder catches his pop-up hit.
Allstate insurance has stepped up to the plate for the Special Olympics with a donation of $10,000, as the company also announced it gave two speed trailers to Mt. Lebanon and Bethel Park police before the two departments squared off in a softball game to raise additional funds for the organization.
The game on August 13 was held at Middle Field, 900 Cedar Blvd. in Mt. Lebanon to publicize the gifts as well as raise more money for the Pennsylvania chapter of the Special Olympics.
“We wanted to start a new safety partnership with local police, so this game is the start of an ongoing effort to highlight safety concerns as well as help out kids looking to compete in the special olympics,” Allstate spokeswoman Julia Reusch said.
Reusch said ongoing conversations revealed speeding as the top concern for the two police departments.
“These trailers are going to help people realize when they're speeding and it'll help us track where we should deploy officers for increased enforcement,” Mt. Lebanon deputy police chief Aaron Lauth said.
Roughly 80 people attended, including children, who ate ice cream and romped across inflatable playgounds.