‘Strikeouts for Katie’ donates dugouts to
Downingtown High School West
March 2017 Update
In 2015, the Downingtown Area School board members accepted softball dugouts as a donation from the group “Strikeouts for Katie” in memory of a graduate. A lot of administrative work had to be completed before actual construction could begin. As of March, 2017 the Whippet’s home team dugout is nearing completion, as evidenced by the photos recently taken. The goal is to have the home team dugout ready for the start of the 2017 softball season.
“Strikeouts for Katie” formed in March 2014 in memory of Katie Anne Castaldi, a 2000 graduate of Downingtown Senior High School and the Center for Arts and Technology School of Cosmetology. She received her bachelor’s degree in communications from Temple University in 2005.
The group is donating the dugouts, which will be two covered player seating areas, for the Downingtown High School West varsity softball field. One covered player seating area will be constructed on the home side, and the other will be constructed on the visitor side. “Strikeouts for Katie” will incur the costs and obtain the permits for the project.
School Board President Jane Bertone thanked the group and family on behalf of the school board and the Downingtown Area School District for the donation.
“It’s a very nice gesture to remember Katie,” Bertone said during the Feb. 11 school board meeting. “And her experience at Downingtown was very positive.”
Katie, 31, was a Downingtown resident. She died in a car accident on March 4, 2014 on the Route 30 bypass near Reeceville Road in Caln.
“Strikeouts for Katie,” according to its Facebook page, consists of a co-ed softball tournament and fundraiser in memory of Castaldi. The inaugural event was held in May 2014.
“Katie Castaldi was an extraordinary young woman. She was a diligent person who lived by the motto: ‘work hard, play hard.’ She was always spending quality time with her family and friends, and Capone, her dog,” the group posted on a website, www.youcaring.com/nonprofits/strikeouts-for- Katie. “Katie was known for her smile that could light up a room, and personality and essence that just drew you in. Katie was outgoing, radiant, and an extremely loving person who touched the lives of all those that met her.”
Castaldi worked as a hair stylist and image consultant for 15 years. She worked for Ultimate Image, which is a hair salon and spa in Jeffersonville, Pennsylvania.
Some of the proceeds from “Strikeouts for Katie” have been donated for scholarships at the Technical College High School, Brandywine Campus, for cosmetology, according to the website, www.strikeoutsforkatie.com. The scholarship in Castaldi’s name is referred to as Katie’s Kurls. Donations have also been made to Lock’s of Love and the Downingtown Little League.