Baseball Participates In Fifth Annual Ripley Race This Past Weekend
The Mids taking off from the starting line.
Nov. 7, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy baseball team under the leadership of its senior captain Kash Manzelli and junior Anthony Parenti organized a group of players to participate in the Fifth Annual Ripley Race on Sunday, November 3.
Held at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, the race served to honor Col. John Ripley, a 1962 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, and as a benefit to raise funds for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.
Manzelli (Dunwoody, Ga.) and Parenti (Elizabeth, N.J.) lead a group of 10 Midshipmen baseball players on 5k course from the stadium, through downtown Annapolis and back.
"Anthony got the ball rolling and came to me for help with coordination,” said Manzelli. “I was excited to be able to get some of our players involved in such a worthy cause started by a group of former Midshipmen. It means a lot to all of us that we were able to participate in something like the Ripley Race and make an impact, however small, in helping injured veterans. It is something that is close to all of our hearts."
Established in 2009, the Ripley Race has raised nearly $200,000 for returning veterans.