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Lee Janssen Motor Co. Donates to Holdrege Baseball

Kids and teens participating in Holdrege baseball and softball programs have another reason to celebrate.

Besides the recent good news that baseball and softball will be played around Nebraska and in Holdrege this summer, Lee Janssen Motor Company recently donated six L-Screens and five ball buckets with seats and gave a financial gift as part of the 2020 Chevy Youth Baseball Program.

Mike Waller, the coordinator of the Holdrege’s Legion baseball program, said the equipment donation is valued at more than $3,500 and will be a boost to the local baseball and softball programs.

Dave Janssen, owner of Lee Janssen Motor, said the program also includes an automatic $500 cash donation and up to another $500 cash donation after a test-drive event that will be conducted later this year.

Joel Pelster, Sports Program Director at the YMCA, said the Y will receive five of the L-Screens, which are used to protect pitchers or in-fielders during practice. Pitchers can stand behind the L-Screen in batting cages or on the field and are protected from fastballs. More than 300 children participate in YMCA baseball and softball programs each year. The L-Screens will also be used by youth participating in SPYAC/Titans competitive league programs.

“We’ve needed L-Screens for years,” Pelster said as the Y program only had access to one L-Screen in the past.

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