Nashville attorney Blair Durham of the law firm Durham and Durham wrote a check to the Goodlettsville Little League team Wednesday for $5,000.
The money will help the players' families travel to Williamsport, Pennsylvania Thursday where the team will play in the Little League World Series.
“This is the biggest moment in these young adults lives, and I know the parents have made unbelievable sacrifices getting them everywhere they needed to compete,” Blair Durham said. “We are happy to round out the donations so all parents can go.”
He continued, “This is a team from Middle Tennessee. One of 16 teams in the world left playing their dream they've had since they picked up a bat and ball and played with mom and dad in the front yard. Anything we can do to help.”
The players arrived in north central Pennsylvania earlier this week after beating heavy hitters from Warner Robins, Georgia, in the Southeast Regional Tournament last Friday.
The cost of a hotel room in Williamsport is approximately $200 a night and families have been working to raise money for travel expensive ever since.
“They can go up there and they can cheer their kids on and not have to worry about 'Am I going to have to put this $2,000 on my credit card? When I'm going to be able to pay this off? Is it going to take me 10 years just to watch my son play baseball?' That is the last thing in mind they have to worry about now,” League President John Robertson said.
Tuesday night, hundreds of people stood in line at Moss-Wright Park for a cookout benefiting the Goodlettsville All Stars.
Volunteers also sold ball caps and t-shirts to help cover the cost of travel, lodging and food.
In two days, volunteers have been able to collect a total of nearly $25,000 from supporters. The cookout alone raised more than $6,000.
The Little League World Series runs August 16 through August 26.
The Goodlettsville All Stars play the first game of the double elimination tournament Thursday at 7 p.m. CT. The game will be televised live on ESPN.
If the team wins Thursday, they will play Sunday, August 19 at 1 p.m. CT on News 2.
If they lose, they will play Saturday, August 18 at 2 p.m. CT on News 2.
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