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EPD officer mowing lawns to raise money for Challenger baseball league

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Thousands of dollars worth of work has been put into the Highland baseball fields in Evansville to accommodate children facing mental and physical challenges.

A veteran Evansville police officer is working hard to fund those improvements.

Officer Troy White has been on the force for 17 years.

When his motor patrol shift ends, he begins to mow to earn extra cash.

The money White raises goes to Matt Pokorney, who runs the Highland baseball fields.

Pokorney and White met a few months ago when White was working off-duty at the fields.

"The intensity of their dedication and hard work was just impressive and I was just taken by that," says White.

Pokorney played baseball at Highland when was growing up and now his son plays there.

He wants all kids to have that same chance, "We love baseball, we want everybody to enjoy baseball."

That's why Pokorney and a few others are bringing the Challenger League to Evansville, "If there's a disability at all, we want to make that an ability to get on the baseball field."

White loved the idea and wanted to help, "I thought if I could give a significant amount how much would it be? And that was about $1000."

He didn't have that kind of money to give but thought he could earn it.

Since July, White's been mowing grass for people while they're on vacation. Every dollar goes to bringing the Challenger League to Evansville and making improvements at the field, like a new ADA complaint restroom. So far he's raised $1,300.

"He's doing it all for the love of the kids. It's an amazing thing when you have someone who's not even involved with your program and just a community program step up, that's what this community's all about," says Pokorney.

Troy says he doesn't want attention. He just wants to lead by example, "I'm hoping that other people will buy in to Evansville.  Doing something better, to make it a little better, for Evansville."

"Step up, because you never know when you're gonna need that help or something that is important to you is going to need that help. You may get that help because you helped someone else," says Pokorney.

For more information about the Challenger League, go to www.highlandbaseballclub.com.

They plan to start up in late September and are still welcoming more players.

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