POPS (Past Our Prime Softball) is widely considered the premier adult softball league on Long Island. It comprises the right mix of competition, safety and fun, which is why we’ve got upwards of 600 players on 36 teams in our 40 & Over, 50 & Over, and 60 & Over leagues. That said, POPS is about more than sports – we are part of our local communities and demonstrate this through our charitable givings.

Scholarships. Each year, POPS presents scholarships to select graduating high school seniors of POPS players who will be attending college in the fall. The scholarship recipients are chosen based on a combination of academic achievement, athletic participation, and involvement in community service.

Families In Need. POPS gives money each holiday season to families in our local communities who have fallen upon hard times and could use some assistance. For instance, POPS gave over $4,000 to local families in need in 2019.

The money we donate is collected in a variety of ways.
  • Some players donate during the registration process.
  • POPS is a not-for-profit, and therefore at the end of the year, after all league expenses are paid, funds remaining from registration fees (if any) are donated.
  • Money is collected at the annual POPS Charity Night. (See below.)
POPS Charity Night. Used in this context, POPS can be considered to stand for “People Offering People Support”, because that’s what this night is about.

In 2012, POPS player Mike Callahan suggested hosting a charity softball game – the idea was to have POPS players volunteer to play a game and donate whatever they’re comfortable with for charity. The idea took off, and we’ve hosted a game every year since. In its current format, the POPS Charity Night consists of our annual All-Star games and the Charity Game. Many family and friends of the players fill the stands in support.

Charity Game players are asked to donate something, and many All-Star players donate as well. In addition, charity money is raised from a concession stand selling drinks and snacks, selling memorabilia items donated by POPS players, and from a 50-50 raffle.

Since the start of the Pops Charity Game in 2012 over $25,000 dollars has been raised and donated to families in our communities.

So, if possible, volunteer to play...or just come down to watch this year’s Charity Game. It’s a great night of comradery and presents a chance to help out those less fortunate.