USA Baseball’s National Training Complex (NTC) opened it’s gates to the local high school baseball community on Saturday, April 9th. The Green Hope Falcons took on the Panther Creek Catamounts in a game dedicated to the memory of Green Hope High School alum, Matt Cossa. This was the 5th annual, “Bats for Matt”, memorial game but the first played at the NTC.
USA Baseball was happy to have such a wonderful
event at the NTC. In addition to the varsity baseball game, there was a raffle, silent auction, kid’s activities and even a magician set up in the back fields area. Post game, Dr. David Rizzieri from Duke spoke and Hearts for Hope, a balloon launch took place on the field in Matt’s memory. The game concluded in a Green Hope 4-3 win over
Panther Creek. Regardless of the score everyone was happy to honor
Matt’s memory and have the experience to play at the NTC.
Matt Cossa proudly wore the number 12 during his baseball career at Green Hope High School. After graduating from Green Hope in 2003, he continued his education at the UNC-Chapel Hill. Matt lost his battle to Hodgkin’s lymphoma in the spring of 2006. The Matt Cossa Memorial Foundation was created to honor Matt’s memory as well as dedicated to promote research and treatment for lymphoma and other blood cancers. With the support of Matt’s family, friends, alma mater and the local community they have raised over $100,000. For more information on “Bats for Matt” or the Matt Cossa Memorial Fund please visit here.