LANSING | The Thornton Fractional South High School softball and baseball teams paid tribute Monday to a Lansing graduate killed while serving with the U.S. Marines in Iraq.
Lance Cpl. Philip J. Martini was 25 when he was killed on April 8, 2006, by a sniper while on patrol in Al-Anbar Provice, Iraq. It was his second tour of duty. He was a 2000 graduate of T.F. South High School and enlisted with the Marines three years after graduation along with his friends John Aylmer and Ryan Hemsley.
The baseball and softball teams raised money and played games Monday night in his honor. Money was donated to the Lance Cpl. Philip J. Martini Foundation, which benefits various Marine-related charities. The Foundation planted a tree in his honor at Winterhoff Park along with a plaque.
The Lansing Junior Woman's Club is also sponsoring a 5K walkathon fundraiser in Marini's honor on Saturday.
Registration for the event can be done online at
Registration can also be done the day of the event and will begin at 8 a.m. Please note that if you register the day of the event, there will be a limited number of shirts available. The race will begin at 9 a.m. This will not be a timed event.
There are no animals, bicycles, skateboards, or roller skates allowed. Strollers are permitted.
Registration fees are:
Adults (12 and up)-$35
Children (5-12 yrs old)-$17.50
Under 5 is free (but will not receive a shirt)
Price includes T-shirt, bottle of water, and granola/energy bar.
Event takes place at Winterhoff Park in Lansing, at the corner of Roy and Madison streets. The race will begin and end at the Lance Cpl. Philip J Martini tree. The funds raised will go toward upkeep of the Martini tree and the annual Veterans Appreciation Dinner organized by the club. For more information, call (708) 466-5503.