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North Babylon community coming together for a good cause

In the second annual Mothers Against Drunk Driving

In the second annual Mothers Against Drunk Driving Game, the North Babylon baseball team presented the Gambardella family a check for $2,250 toward the MADD organization. From left to right, Tyler Schmitt, Nick Trentalange, Linda Gambardella, Ava Gambardella, Danny Gambardella and Carmine Vricciariello. (May 7, 2013) Credit: Handout

Seeing his North Babylon baseball teammates in Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Dri-FIT uniforms the past two seasons was hard to put into words for senior second baseman Danny Gambardella.

Such is the case when your father, Dan Gambardella, and his foreman were killed in a drunk-driving accident on the way to work the morning of April 30, 2011.

"It means a lot," said Gambardella, who was batting .413, with a homer, 19 RBIs, 20 runs and seven walks this spring as of Thursday. "It's about the community coming together and showing support."

Bulldogs coach Steve Corrado came up with the idea of hosting the MADD game. His leadership in getting the North Babylon baseball team and the community to help promote the Gambardella's cause has led to over $5,850 raised toward the MADD organization in two years.

"This is not just coaches and players. We have a tremendous group of parents," Corrado said. "It continually shows the sense of pride within the North Babylon community."

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