High school baseball teams face off while raising money - KCTV5

High school baseball teams face off, raise money for livesaving foundation

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LIBERTY, MO (KCTV) -

Tuesday night two high school teams will face off for the first time at Liberty High School, but their meeting will go beyond a baseball game.

At 6 p.m., the Liberty Blue Jays and the Liberty North Eagles have a showdown on the diamond, but the game is also raising money for the Henning Family Foundation.

Tim Henning is the father two young Liberty students, Matthew and Bryan. On May 15, 2012, he died of a heart attack at one of his son's little league baseball games. Doctors believed that if there was an Automated External Defibrillator, or AED, available, it might have saved his life.

Out of the tragedy came the Henning Family Foundation, with the goal of raising money to purchase and donate AED machines to youth sports complexes around the Kansas City metropolitan area.

"If an AED machine is available when you have a heart attack or have any heart conditions, the chances of your survival increase greatly," teacher Jennifer Schwandt said. "So, in order to have an AED machine available and for the community be able to use one if such instance occurred is a very important thing."

All proceeds from Tuesday night will go to the Henning Family Foundation.

All participating hope to raise at least $150,000. As of Tuesday at noon, more than $25,000 has been raised through the generosity of individual and corporate donors in the community.

Long-term plans through the foundation also include raising funds to support families who unexpectedly lose a parent and possibly funding a scholarship within the school district.

There was a nice moment to start the game as 10-year-old Matthew Henning threw out the game's first pitch.

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