Trampolining and baseball don’t have much in common. But the Sky Zone Trampoline Park on Enterprise Way in Centre Point and the Pittston Township Little League found bouncing and playing ball do have one thing in common: Kids like both.
“Pittston Township Little Leaguers walk in and out of our doors every day,” said Alicia Haduck, Sky Zone’s Sales and Community Outreach Manager.
That wasn’t something she was necessarily aware of until Sky Zone moved to Enterprise Way and Haduck met PTLL vice president Joe Marranca.
Sky Zone opened at its new location on Oct. 1. Early in February, Marranca — whose son, Dominic, is one of the Little Leaguers who frequent Sky Zone — approached Haduck and asked her if Sky Zone would be interested in helping out the Little League.
“He asked if we would maybe make a donation,” she said. “We started talking back and forth about maybe running a fundraiser for the league or sponsoring a team. The more we talked, I liked the sound of it and got excited about doing something.”
Haduck approached her bosses, Sky Zone owners Ed Kearns and Jess Bowne, and went back to Marranca with a proposal that floored him: Sky Zone would like to be a sponsor of the entire PTLL program.
“We wanted to be a bigger part of community,” Haduck said. “And this was a perfect fit. It’s right down the road from Sky Zone. I live near the bypass, and I drive past the Little League every day. I love kids, and I’m ecstatic.”
The PTLL’s opening day is April 22, with festivities beginning at 11 a.m. Haduck said she and a couple Sky Zone staffers will be there in a Sky Zone jeep to be part of opening day. She and Marranca bounce emails back and forth with opening day ideas.
By opening day, the Sky Zone logo will be up on the new backstop of the main field, which was built with Sky Zone sponsorship money.
“I’m looking forward to being there for opening day,” Haduck said.
Haduck said although plans for the season sren’t solidifeed, she wants to make it a season-long partnership.
“We could have fund raisers, go to games, help out at the concessions and do other things to help out the mothers.”
Marranca said he’s blown away by the response.
“They went above and beyond. We’re are beyond grateful for what they have done,” he said. “I can’t say enough about them and how good they’ve been to us. We’re looking forward to a partnership in the years to come. All Little League programs are built on volunteers and sponsorships. It’s the lifeblood of us.”
Turns out Haduck and Marranca had a little bit of fundraising history between them.
Marranca’s son is a student at Holy Rosary School in Duryea, and Haduck is a Holy Rosary alumna. Sky Zone hosted a family night fundraising party for Holy Rosary in February.
When Sky Zone moved from another Center Point site south of Interstate 81 to its current site, they dismantled the old site and rebuilt at the new site in a month.
Sky Zone welcomes parties and fundraising ideas. For more info, visit http://www.skyzone.com/Pittston.