Strip club saves Little League's season
Strip club saves Little League's season, L.A. Little League’s season saved by charitable strip club. Really, The league was on the verge of shutting down before a most-unlikely benefactor stepped in. In a twist that seems ripped straight from the 2005 remake of "The Bad News Bears", if not the sketch comedy show Portlandia or possibly a Lil' Wayne rap lyric, a Los Angeles Little League on the verge of ceasing operations because of rising costs and declining revenue was bailed out just before the start of the 2012 season by the least likely of all benefactors: A strip club.
As reported by the Torrance Daily Breeze and Associated Press, among other outlets, and brought to Prep Rally's attention by NBC Sports' OfftheBench blog, the Lennox Little League was given a stunning $1,200 donation from the Jet Strip gentleman's club, funds which helped offset rising costs for baseball fields within the K-8 Lennox School District, which owns all of the baseball facilities in the Lennox community and dramatically limited the Little League's ability to sell concessions at its facilities.
"It feels good to be from Lennox when people do stuff like that," Lennox Little League volunteer president Roberto Aguirre told the Daily Breeze. "At the same time, the future is very scary for us, because [the donation] is a one-time deal."
Luckily -- and Daily Breeze reporter Rob Kuznia astutely asked for clarification on this point -- the Lennox Little Leaguers won't be forced to wear the Jet Strip logo on their uniforms, as the Bears did for "Bo-Peeps Gentleman's Club" some seven years ago. Rather, the donation to the Little League comes with no strings attached.
In fact, Lennox Little League may have received the funding in part because other non profits literally wouldn't take free money from Jet Strip and other strip clubs in the past. As the Daily Breeze noted, a club called Bare Elegance raised a whopping $10,000 via a charity golf tournament 13 years ago, but repeatedly had non profit groups like the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Special Olympics flat out refuse the money.
Similarly, the American Red Cross unilaterally refused a $5,000 offer from Jet Strip in 1993. Still, the gentleman's club has repeatedly donated to the Lennox Coordinating Council, which then redistributed donated funds to other community projects.
It seems that the Jet Strip would have been perfectly happy to continue in such anonymity were it not for a member of the coordinating council who simply felt that the Jet Strip deserved more credit for what it was doing.
"I told [Jet Strip General Manager James Wallace], 'Hey, it's about time we get you out of the background and let people know you care about the community," longtime community council member Maria Verduzco Smith told the Daily Breeze. "They don't do anything illegal. It's a business. To each his own."