An awareness event for the Goochland High baseball team is planned, and Cover One will provide uniforms to the team in late January during a fundraiser.
Blanchetti and Malloy crafted the original idea for the foundation, bringing in the other members as things progressed.
Hailing from Richmond, Reid and O’Donnell played baseball at Tucker and college and have been friends for decades. Collegially, Reid took the field for the Spiders, while O’Donnell was an All-American for La Salle and spent five years in the Dodgers organization, toying with the likes of future Hall of Famers Mike Piazza and Pedro. Martinez.
The foundation has also established scholarships of $1,000 for a male student-athlete and a female student-athlete at Richmond Public Schools, a tradition it hopes to expand. It is open to any current student-athlete who is planning to go to college, and the candidate does not need to play a sport while in college.
“These children, they work as hard in one school as in another, but [one] just doesn’t have the resources,” Reid said. “We like to make equipment, because it excites children, [but the] the scholarship was [another] path.”
Reid said, “We pay for materials, meeting costs, overhead, etc. out of our personal funds. However, the gear, uniforms and gear we donate, as well as scholarships and registration assistance, all come from our amazing community members who believe in our foundation and donate. to this one.