Bravehearts’ Home Runs to Give Hope to Those with Disabilities this Season

by | Apr 25, 2018 | Bravehearts | 0 comments

WORCESTER – Worcester Bravehearts fans have another reason to cheer for the long ball during the upcoming season.  Southbridge Credit Union (SCU) has partnered with the Worcester Bravehearts to support the Center of Hope Foundation.  For each home run hit by the Bravehearts in their 56-game regular season and potential playoff matchups, SCU will donate $100 to the Center of Hope Foundation.

Since 1956, the Center of Hope has provided people with disabilities and their families the resources, services, and opportunities to be contributing members of their communities, and to achieve the most fulfilling and meaningful lives possible

“The Center of Hope Foundation is very grateful for the support that SCU has shown us all through our 62 years, as well as through this endeavor. ” said Erika Travinski, Assistant COO of Center of Hope Foundation said in a statement. “Bravehearts General Manager, Dave Peterson, has been a friend and volunteer for our agency for many years and his continued support along with the whole Bravehearts’ team is spectacular.  We could not do the work we do with people with disabilities without the generosity of organizations like SCU and the Bravehearts.”

The Bravehearts are widely known for their community work throughout Central Massachusetts, this endeavor will culminate a special season for the organization as it will celebrate its fifth anniversary in 2018.  An on-field check presentation is planned at the end of the season so that both Southbridge Credit Union and the Center of Hope can be honored.

“This is a partnership with some special meaning behind it,” said Bravehearts General Manager Dave Peterson. “It reiterates the philosophy we’ve had since our inception that 1+1 = 3.  Here you have two local small businesses working together for each other and for the benefit of a third organization; one that does so much to provide individuals with disabilities the training and work opportunities that help them fulfill their lives.”

The Bravehearts have historically hit between 26 and 37 total home runs in their 56-game Futures League season. Last year the team smacked 36 home runs on the way to the championship series.  The team hit 37 home runs in 2016. SCU will donate $100 for each Bravehearts’ home run hit either at home or on the road.

“Southbridge Credit Union has proudly been servicing this community for 80 years. We are thrilled to partner with the Bravehearts on this endeavor that supports the Center of Hope Foundation. We look forward to seeing you at the ballpark and let’s hope for many home runs,” President and CEO of SCU, Kate Alexander, said.

The Worcester Bravehearts begin play on Wednesday, May 30 at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field. Single-game tickets are now on sale at, or by phone at 508-438-3773.

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Nick D’Andrea was raised in Worcester ever since his family immigrated from Italy. Living on Worcester’s East Side his entire life, Nick graduated from Holy Name and eventually earned a Bachelors of Arts in History from Worcester State University. In 2015, Nick ran for a seat on Worcester’s school committee. Since then, he has been active in city government and currently sits on the City of Worcester’s Community Development Committee. Nick is currently a Sales Program Manager with Fallon Health. He lives in Worcester with his wife Darcy, and his two daughters, Cecilia and Antonella.