Published March 14, 2012
LOS ANGELES – A surprise $1,200 donation from a Los Angeles strip club has helped keep a struggling Little League afloat for another year.
The Lennox Little League is located in an economically depressed area of Los Angeles, near the city's international airport. It features about 40 teams, with more than 300 players.
League president Roberto Aguirre said the money from Jet Strip Gentleman's Club was needed to combat several new regulations and fees imposed by the K-8 Lennox School District, the Daily Breeze reported.
The school district owns the baseball diamonds in the community.
"It feels good to be from Lennox when people do stuff like that," Aguirre said of the donation. "At the same time, the future is very scary for us, because [the donation] is a one-time deal."
The league and the school district have been trying to work through the issues, but a dispute delayed the start of the season by three weeks.
The season usually opens in February with a ceremony that has live music and hot food, but this year it opened on Saturday with a few balloons tied to a fence.
"We're all bummed and sad," Aguirre said. "It's even kind of embarrassing."
The uniforms of the players will not bear any logos of the strip club.