Leaders in Harrisburg have come up with a novel way to combat hunger in the Commonwealth, and the Law & Government Institute
is going to be a part of the fun.
A charity softball game, dubbed the “Capitol All-Stars” will be held Monday, Sept. 30 at Metro Bank Park. It will feature more than 50 state legislators from both sides of the aisle, coming together as East and West teams to benefit Feeding Pennsylvania and Hunger-Free Pennsylvania. Both organizations are dedicated to relieving hunger for more than two million Pennsylvanians in need through their statewide network of affiliated food banks, food pantries and other hunger-relief organizations.
Six students from the Law & Government Institute, under the leadership of Associate Professor Jill E. Family
, who serves as institute director, will volunteer at the game. The students will be on the field, assisting players. They include:
- Melissa Chapaska
- Jacqulyn Harris
- John Byrd
- Anthony Holbert
- Jesse Rhodeside
- Yasmine Naamo
“This is a tremendous opportunity for our Widener Law group,” Family said. “They will help make an impact at an important community event, and also have the pleasure of assisting distinguished members of the Pennsylvania legislature.”
Among the more than 50 members of the General Assembly giving of their time to participate in this game are: Pennsylvania Legislative Hunger Caucus co-chairs, Sen. Mike Brubaker and Rep. Jake Wheatley; honorary team captains for the West, Speaker of the House Sam Smith and Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa; and honorary team captains for the East, House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody and Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi. Widener Law alumnus Sen. Richard Alloway ’02 is also expected to participate.
The event is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Cable Network, which will broadcast it live, and Pennsylvania Legislative Services. Legislators will play seven innings beginning at 5:30 p.m. The suggested price of admission is a $5 donation or five nonperishable food items. Family said the Law & Government Institute group will take to the game items donated to the Harrisburg campus food drive held recently in The Pit.
September is Hunger Action Month, when food banks across the nation unite to urge individuals to take action to fight hunger in their communities.