Big Train Gives Back in CRCBL Food Drive

Bethesda Big Train and Gaithersburg Giants of the CRCBL

Before the Big Train extended their winning streak to five Saturday night, the players turned their attention to the eighth annual Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League (CRCBL) Feed the Hungry Challenge benefitting Manna Food Center.


“This is a community service that we have here – providing great entertainment for local baseball fans,” Big Train founder Bruce Adams said. “But we want to do more than that.”


Players were scattered to numerous grocery stores around Montgomery County in an effort to see who could collect the most weight in food for Manna. The event pitted the four Montgomery County CRCBL teams, the Big Train, the Gaithersburg Giants, the Rockville Express and the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts.


Gaithersburg took home first prize with 3,670 pounds, while the Big Train placed third with 2,161 pounds of food.  Overall 8,800 pounds of food were collected for Manna.


“When it’s Thanksgiving or when it’s the December holidays everybody is out giving food – lots of food drives, Martin Luther King Day – lots of food drives. But not in June,” Adams said. “So we really help restock the shelves out at Manna, it’s really substantively very important.”


Adams started the challenge in 2010 to raise awareness for hunger in Montgomery County. The partnership with Manna grew out of Adam’s work with them through his role with the county government.


According to their website, Manna was founded in 1983 in an effort to create a centralized food bank in Montgomery County. The center currently doles out more than 16,000 pounds of food per day and services 40,058 people.


“That’s what it’s about when you’re at a non-profit,” Manager Sal Colangelo said. “It’s about giving back. We want to do a couple things a year so these guys understand what life is and realize it’s not all perfect.”


The challenge also provided an opportunity for new teammates to bond with each other off the field, have some fun and help the community in the process.


“I’m a very social person so I really like talking to people so even when people would just ignore me I still had fun with it and just kind of laughed,” pitcher Stephen Schoch (UMBC) said.


Outfielder Vinny Esposito (Sacramento State) echoed similar sentiments.


“We’ve got a new team coming in so it’s nice to get to know a few guys before we come out here and play and give back to the community,” Esposito said.


The event was capped off when a representative from Manna threw out the first pitch Saturday night at the Big Train vs. Giants contest and allowed the players to see and learn about what their efforts went towards.


“They’re taking us into their homes, doing what they can for us so we might as well help their area as well,” Schoch said.

Search Archive »

Browse by Year »


Browse by Month »

July 2022
June 2022
May 2022
April 2022
March 2022
February 2022
January 2022
December 2021
September 2021
August 2021
July 2021
June 2021
May 2021
April 2021
March 2021
January 2021
December 2020
November 2020
October 2020
September 2020
August 2020
July 2020
June 2020
May 2020
March 2020
February 2020
October 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
November 2016
September 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
September 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
November 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
December 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
December 2011