PITTSTON TWP. — Richie Kossuth is no stranger to performing at benefits with the band Flaxy Morgan, but something about the Victory Sports League steals his heart.
The band’s drummer said he and his bandmates helped make pizza for Victory Sports athletes during a benefit at the end of last year, and he knew the band should do more for them in the future.
“I said I would love to play for this and I brought it to the band,” Kossuth said. “We ended up playing in January, and the kids had a ball. They like the DJ, but they all had such a good time and were so appreciative. I said I think it’d be a cool idea to do a summer thing.”
Kossuth’s idea is coming to fruition, as Flaxy Morgan will perform for the Victory Sports League under the pavilion at the Northeast Fairgrounds, which is being donated for the cause by the Pittston Township Volunteer Fire Department.
The performance will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 3 and the event will include pizza, soda and water for the Victory Sports athletes.
Kossuth remembers the looks on the Victory Sports athletes’ faces when Flaxy Morgan performed in January.
“Priceless,” he said. “(Lead vocalist) Cierra (Cellerari) went in the audience and whatever Cierra did, they did. They had such a good time.”
Victory Sports is an organization for adults with mental and/or physical challenges. Participants play baseball and basketball, go bowling and enjoy events such as movie nights and yoga classes.
Founded in 2011, Victory Sports is an outgrowth of Challenger Little League which was founded in 1991.
“We started Challenger Baseball, and then we had a 20th anniversary for the kids who played and they said, ‘Just because we got older, why can’t we play baseball?” said Victory Sports President Fred DeSanto. “So the four original founders got together and said, ‘Let’s create something else.’ We had to start from nothing. There was no blueprint, so we called it Victory Sports because when you face a challenge, you become victorious.”
Having previously performed for Victory Sports, Kossuth knows the excitement that’s in store not only for the athletes, but for the band, as well.
“I know a lot of the kids, so they’re really happy to see me but I’m just as happy to see them,” he said. “When we start playing and the kids are having so much fun, it’s priceless. I can’t wait to see their smiles again.”
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