Mary MuellerJul 9, 2017, 1:13 pmJul 10, 2017, 4:39 pm

Communications workers go to bat against cancer at softball tourney

26 teams from the tristate area are playing at Redmond Park in Yonkers to raise money for the American Cancer Society


The gloves and bats are out with labor union taking on union at Redmond Park in Yonkers.

“You know we are going to win,” said Matthew Alfano, a player on one of 26 teams from the tristate area playing in a charity softball tournament.

Kenneth Spatta, an organizer for the Communications Workers of America, said, "We are doing it for the American Cancer Society, which is a cause near and dear to a lot of hearts."

Spatta works for Verizon FiOS, FiOS1 News’ parent company, and helped organize the tournament.

He says his cousin Leslie lost her battle to breast cancer and it just made sense to give to an organization trying to find a cure.

"(She) thought she had it licked, and she was taken in her early to mid-30s and left behind two great toddlers at the time,” said Spatta of his inspiration.

Spatta hopes to top past years and bring in at least $40,000, which is raised through team entry fees, union fundraising, and tickets for those attending the picnic and games.

Players from the Hudson Valley, like Matthew Alfano, of Local 28 NYC Sheet Metal Workers, say they're happy to play and give back.

“I think it's a good idea to get a lot of guys together for the unions,” said Alfano. “(It will) keep us together keep us strong, let people know we are out here, and out here for a good cause.”

Asked about his team’s chances of winning, Frank Catania of Communications Workers of America Local 1103 laughed, "We look like the bad news bears to me.”

Win or lose it's about giving back. The games will be going on until about 2 p.m. if you would like to come down and make a donation and see some softball.

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