If life imitates art, then the story about a little league in Los Angeles would make one hell of a movie, sans Billy Bob Thornton. Here's the back story.
Lennox Little League in Los Angeles was on the verge of having their 2012 season cancelled before the first pitch was even to be thrown. They got a little help. We will tell you this. The help didn't come from a celebrity or a sports star. The help came from (of all places) a strip club.
YEP! You heard correctly. A strip club.
According to the Associated Press and the Los Angeles Times, the money comes from the Jet Strip Club in Los Angeles and comes with no strings (G or otherwise) attached and is a one time deal.
The league was on the verge of shutting down operations because of rising costs to rent fields and declining revenue. The club wrote a check for $1,200.00 to offset the cost for baseball fields that are in the K-8 Lennox School District, which owns the property. The league also had trouble making money from concessions because of the arrangement with the school district.
"It feels good to be from Lennox when people do stuff like that," Lennox Little League volunteer president Roberto Aguirre said. "At the same time, the future is very scary for us, because [the donation] is a one-time deal."
It seems like that seen in the 2005 remake of "The Bad News Bears." Aguirre did say that they did not have to wear the Jet Strip logo on their uniforms, as the Bears did for "Bo-Peeps Gentleman's Club" some seven years ago.
In fact, Lennox Little League may have received the funding in part because other non profits literally wouldn't take free money from Jet Strip and other strip clubs in the past.
This is not the first time that a strip club got involved (or tried to get involved) with charities. A club called Bare Elegance raised a whopping $10,000 via a charity golf tournament 13 years ago but repeatedly had non profit groups like the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Special Olympics flat out refuse the money.
Similarly, the American Red Cross unilaterally refused a $5,000 offer from Jet Strip in 1993. Still, the gentleman's club has repeatedly donated to the Lennox Coordinating Council, which then redistributed donated funds to other community projects.
It seems that the Jet Strip would have been perfectly happy to continue in such anonymity were it not for a member of the coordinating council who simply felt that the Jet Strip deserved more credit for what it was doing.
These kids are going to have something to talk about for years to come. Meanwhile, play ball!