2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the Leprechauns Sports Association, which has provided a variety of sports for local youths in Port Richmond to participate in. Nearly 300 athletes between the ages of 7-18 participate in football, baseball, softball, cheerleading, basketball and T-ball.
Leprechauns’ board member Kathy Kehoe insists keeping the kids off the street is important to the community. “Our clubhouse isn’t much to look at but that’s because if the kid’s need new equipment, that’s our first priority,” said Kehoe.
Founded by Herbie Smith in 1961, the club originated as division 87 of the Ancients of Hyberians, which was an Irish Catholic organization originally tasked with providing social welfare benefits to members and protecting church property.
The large working class Irish population in Port Richmond has continually supported the club. Last year the community pulled together to vote their home field, Cohox, the city-wide winner of a makeover sponsored by the Brian Dawkins’ Field of Dreams charity.
The club also participates in the Memorial Day parade and the community breast cancer walk. The Leprechauns’ staff include 15 volunteer members who take turns keeping the door and phone lines open Monday through Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. The Leprechauns Sports Association is located on the corner of Gaul and Ann streets.
For more information, visit the website at www.leaguelineup.com/leprechaunssports.