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L.A. Little League Chooses to Go Under Rather Than Accept Cash from a Strip Club

By Meredith Carroll |

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Does character, courage and loyalty mean anything to the kids if they are denied the opportunity to play?

Last Christmastime an adult “toy” store encouraged patrons to make donations to Toys for Tots and Save the Ta-Tas, a breast cancer charity. For every charitable contribution left at the store, Pleasures in Huntsville, Ala., allowed customers to pick an “adult” toy from a chest full of goodies as a way of saying thank you. The nonprofit recipients were not amused.

Neither is a Los Angeles Little League outfit that would rather cease to exist than have a strip club swoop in as their sugar daddy, according to Yahoo’s Prep Rally (via the Torrance Daily Breeze and the Associated Press).

The rising cost of running a team is forcing an entire Little League to possibly bail out before the season starts. But one benefactor didn’t want to see that happen, so they made a donation. But now the league is returning the money because of who it comes from.

The Jet Strip gentleman’s club offered $1,200 to offset the cost of things like baseball field maintenance in the Lennox School District, a sum that was initially accepted. But after the transaction attracted attention, the money was returned — meaning the entire Little League season is once again in jeopardy.

League officials apparently had concerns that accepting the money would be inappropriate, even though the donation came with no stipulation, like that the uniforms bear the name of the strip club.

Sigh. Such a shame. Really. The Bad News Bears this is not. Little League baseball can make an enormous difference in the lives of so many kids. That any local organization operating legally would swoop in to save them is admirable. That some narrow-minded people would turn that money down to the detriment of their kids’ healthy extracurricular activities is a shame. This is not a neo-Nazi organization attempting to infiltrate a society in a sinister fashion. It’s a strip club looking to share some of their tip money. Big deal — literally, to the kids who would benefit.

Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth when it’s kids who benefit. Just because the gift horse was sent from an x-rated facility doesn’t mean the gift itself is necessarily dirty.

Do you think it’s sad these kids might not play when they had a legitimate chance?

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Meredith C. Carroll is an award-winning columnist and writer based in Aspen, Colorado. She can be found regularly on the Op-Ed page of The Denver Post. From 2005-2012 her other column, "Meredith Pro Tem" ran in several newspapers, as well as occasionally on The Huffington Post since 2009. Read more about her (or don’t, whatever) at her website. Read bio and latest posts → Read Meredith's latest posts →

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7 thoughts on “L.A. Little League Chooses to Go Under Rather Than Accept Cash from a Strip Club

  1. goddess says:

    Well being that every.single.team.activity with sponsors in which my3 children have been part of has told us repeatedly to SUPPORT THE SPONSORS…. to patronize their businesses- some even publishing the business info and distributing it to us with very urgent STRESSING TO PULEASE support yo*your sponsor*- nah- don’t think so. I’d be the one pitching the bitch and pulling my kid off. My daughter, who works her a$$ off at school in hopes of a merit scholarship doe NOT need that sort of example. Lest you think I don’t walk the walk- we’ve sponsored many of their teams ourselves through the years. The business in which my husband is a partner or my own home-based business. I DO put my money where my mouth is. But I *will* pull my kids if the sponsors are scummy and be very, very vocal about why I did so.

  2. Meredith Carroll says:

    @Goddess — My husband agrees with you (we are sitting here debating this right now). The bottom line for me is that I’d rather my kid plays baseball than doesn’t have the option available. That doesn’t mean I’d let my kid play if the KKK were the sponsor, or if the strip club’s name *had* to be on the uniform. I definitely think a strip club sponsor is a grey area (and I wrote some time ago about being upset when a Hooters girl spoke at a school’s Career Day), but in this case, I think it’s benign enough that I’d let it fly if it meant no baseball at all.

  3. Citizen says:

    I am from this area and I am sad to read so much negative feedback, Unfortunetly the media covers a “piece of it” and not all of it. The media has had a “FIELD” day putting down the board members and the president of this league for returning the money. It’s easier to put people down and talk bad about their deicisions on blogs and on talk radio but until they are put in that situation then they can talk. It was sad to see the entertainment industry for this community to reach out and help. The school district for this area is charging $300 dollars PER WEEKEND for the use of their fields. This league with 300+ kids have no fields to play on. This league does not have a snack stand anymore. They had a make shift stand where they grilled burgers and hot dogs, They are no longer allowed to do this and now where will they raise the money to pay the district and pay for equipment and other expenses that come with running a league. Let’s not forget that all the people running this league are volunteers and do not get paid. I wish more people would reach out instead of blogging negative comments about why it was returned! Now just because they returned $1,200 the media is saying the league is shutting down. NO ,,, where will the kids play next year? The truth is that even if they kept this money they will still be without a season next year and the kids will still have nothing to do but stay at home, get into trouble and eventually find something to do with the wrong crowd! The league needs donations to build a snack stand so that the health department can approve of it and they can raise money to keep this league running in the long run, So was it a good idea for the league to return the money? I think so. So many positive people reached out accross the nation and have donated money after they read that them money was returned. They still need to raise the $65,000 for the snack stand with a local business called ” Youth build” offering to build this for free. So their struggles go BEYOND $1,200. But people don’t know that.

  4. A CITIZEN says:

    am from this area and I am sad to read so much negative feedback, Unfortunetly the media covers a “piece of it” and not all of it. The media has had a “FIELD” day putting down the board members and the president of this league for returning the money. It’s easier to put people down and talk bad about their deicisions on blogs and on talk radio but until they are put in that situation then they can talk. It was sad to see the entertainment industry for this community to reach out and help. The school district for this area is charging $300 dollars PER WEEKEND for the use of their fields. This league with 300+ kids have no fields to play on. This league does not have a snack stand anymore. They had a make shift stand where they grilled burgers and hot dogs, They are no longer allowed to do this and now where will they raise the money to pay the district and pay for equipment and other expenses that come with running a league. Let’s not forget that all the people running this league are volunteers and do not get paid. I wish more people would reach out instead of blogging negative comments about why it was returned! Now just because they returned $1,200 the media is saying the league is shutting down. NO ,,, where will the kids play next year? The truth is that even if they kept this money they will still be without a season next year and the kids will still have nothing to do but stay at home, get into trouble and eventually find something to do with the wrong crowd! The league needs donations to build a snack stand so that the health department can approve of it and they can raise money to keep this league running in the long run, So was it a good idea for the league to return the money? I think so. So many positive people reached out accross the nation and have donated money after they read that them money was returned. They still need to raise the $65,000 for the snack stand with a local business called ” Youth build” offering to build this for free. So their struggles go BEYOND $1,200. But people don’t know that.

  5. Brandi says:

    Goddess makes a VERY good point, if by donating money the gentlemen’s club would be advertised during a children’s sport I would pull my child out. However, if the gentlemen’s club waived the advertising of their business & kept the donation private I see nothing wrong with it.

  6. goddess says:

    I think I could agree to that sort of compromise in this case Brandi.

  7. Jessica says:

    I have a seriouse issue with pornography of any kind. I watched it destroy my ex husband and almost take me down with it. It’s an addiction that destroys the very foundation of the family. So, I don’t blame the league for turning down the funds. It goes totally against all the values that Little League is based on.

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