BY SARAH STEPHENS
The Stanhope Elmore Softball Booster Club is hosting a Hit-A-Thon on January 29 starting at 10:00 am on the softball field.
Team members who raise the most money receive a prize, as do baseball top hitters, top parents, and spectators.
But this is not about the prices. It’s about raising funds to build the softball program for the Lady Mustangs.
“Our softball program receives no financial support from the county/state school system. This means that all funds to run our program come from each player and/or from donations and sponsors,” Softball Booster Club said in a statement. “To run a softball program means paying liabilities from our players and through donations. The softball program pays for all practice balls, electricity, water, uniforms, and field maintenance.”
The club said there are some things that need to be done on the field.
“As we work to clean up the fields and prepare for the upcoming softball school year, we also want to start saving money to upgrade our batting cages. That way, our softball players and visitors are always safe and don’t have to worry about their own safety while in the batting cages.”
The Booster Club has written to potential sponsors asking them to help make a difference. They are asking that anyone who can consider donating $20 to the softball program. Support is critical to completing upgrades.
Each player gets two rounds of ten cut. They can be sponsored by anyone. Donations can be made per hit and per home run. Two coaches will keep up with hits and home runs.
The organizers will add everything up after the event is over. Every player will be represented. For example, if a player is injured or unable to be there, she can still be sponsored by being swung by a pinch hitter.
After all the softball players have scored, the team challenges the varsity baseball team to find sponsors as well. You can pay $10 for five swings or $20 for three minutes. Any money donated to baseball players is split 50/50 between the Softball Booster Club and the Baseball Booster Club.
Then it’s open to everyone else to swing and give live donations for each person. The same goes for baseball. Please bring your own racket. If a player allows you to use their stick, the softball team is not responsible for any damage to the stick.
Baseball players must pay in advance. Players cannot be added after the 10:00 a.m. start time.
Please do not park behind the softball field. The softball team is not responsible for any damage if you park behind the field.
There will be a concession stand serving hamburger or hot dog combos. This includes chips and a 20-ounce drink.
Participation in this event is free of charge. But please bring a donation of water or Gatorade for the girls’ season for entry!
Everyone can be there and participate. Let’s make this a fun event for the teams and enjoy a fun day of softball.