Sabrina Steigerwalt has a few new friends. The Jim Thorpe teenager will meet them at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 20, when the Franklin Township Old-timers play a softball game against the Jim Thorpe Old-timers at the Phifer Ice Dam Park in Franklin Township.
This long-standing and extremely friendly rivalry has brought the two teams of older men together since 1985 to spend an afternoon playing a benefit game to help with the medical costs of someone in the community who has a serious medical problem. Both teams are tough to beat for their caring attitude and compassion for sick and needy children.
Sabrina's mom, Sarah Steigerwalt, said that her daughter, Sabrina, 13, has cerebral palsy. Sabrina uses a wheelchair and is considered a tri-palegic since she has only the use of one arm
While Sabrina cannot walk, she can talk, which is something she loves to do.
"She is very sociable and loves to play on the computer and swim," said her mother. "She loves to be around people. She loves to play with bubbles and lawn darts."
Sabrina attends classes in Jim Thorpe and is in the IU Life Skills Class. Sabrina loves to go to school.
Sabrina will arrive at the Phifer Ice Dam Park via a Franklin Township fire truck.
"I knew that the two teams played each other, but I didn't realize that it helped the kids," said Sarah Steigerwalt.
During the game the two teams will present checks and donations. There will also be a bake sale and Chinese auction, organized by Jan Wentz. Donations of items for the Chinese auction should be dropped off by noon at the Phifer Ice Dam Park on the day of the event.
Wentz said that the game will be played at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 23, at the Phifer Ice Dam Park field, 880 Main Road, Lehighton (Franklin Township). There will be refreshments available at the Franklin Township Little League stand, plus there will be a Chinese auction and bake sale. Donations will be accepted at the field for the Sabrina throughout the event.
Over the past 27 years, the Old-timers game has had a variety of players, including many Franklin Township Little League coaches and county officials.