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Winning with whiskers

Winning with whiskers

PAINESVILLE, Ohio – Baseball is a sport that'll put hair on your chin … evidently a lot of it, too, if you're a Storm player looking to raise money for a valued and worthy cause. 

Head Coach Brian McGee this week announced the co-champions of the Storm Baseball Reid Rizzo Beard-a-thon, a team fundraising effort undertaken in the name of former LEC shortstop Reid Rizzo who passed away after his 2012 sophomore season. 

Garrett Emling, Josh Porter and Vincent Ragnoni were named co-winners in the three-month-long fundraiser which kicked off in early March and raised funds for the Reid Rizzo Foundation. Emling, Porter and Ragnoni were judged to have the "most impressive/nastiest" beards in the competition. Players on the team made donations or pledged daily amounts for each day that saw their can of shaving cream gather dust on a counter. The team raised over $600 in the effort to support the foundation that carries the name of their fallen teammate. Impressed by the team's sideburn-and-stubble salute, an anonymous donor also chipped in another $100. 

"This was a good team-building thing for us," said McGee. "The cause is a worthy one, and it kept Reid in our thoughts over what would've been his senior season." 

Rizzo succumbed to a rare heart condition called cardiomyopathy on June 2, 2012. After being a four-year starter at La Salle High School in Cincinnati, he was a two-year starter at Lake Erie (2011-12). 

The primary goals of the Reid Rizzo Foundation are to provide financial assistance to those seeking to enhance their primary or secondary educational experience, enhance education, awareness and research relative to medical conditions that affect the cardiovascular system, and support athletic organizations wishing to enhance the support structure provided for the athletes they service.


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