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    We have all read the stories online about the reach of our softball community. Let me tell you how great the softball world is first hand.

    A little over a week ago one of our Assistant Coaches suddenly passed away, he was a young healthy guy with 3 young kids, nobody know what happened just that he was coaching with us on a Saturday and on Sunday afternoon he was being admitted to the ICU in critical condition, by Tuesday morning he was gone (without a cause). Its hard for any of us adult to understand let alone a group of 11 & 12 year old girls. Somehow, word spread quick of the passing and teams from all over the country were reaching out sending prayers for our girls and the the coaches DD.

    The AC's daughter is one of the strongest people I know, we were scheduled to play in a round robin this past weekend us coaches were going to cancel but she demanded that we play because that is what her dad would have wanted. When we show up on Saturday to play the opposing teams come over to us with bags, each one had a wrist band in our team colors with his initials that every team was going to wear, a headband with his initials for each girl on his team, and a card for each player. It brought me to tears that these girls who were our opponents had so much love and support for our team.

    As if that wasn't enough a few teams (some we have played in the last year and some we haven't, some close and some across the country) have send flowers for the funeral, fruit baskets to the family, cards, etc. We even had a coach from an opposing organization offer to pay the kids remaining dues.

    While this has been an extremely tough time for the family the one thing they keep saying is how amazed they are at the softball comunity, it just goes to show how there are more important things in life and how great it is to be a apart of the the softball world!

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    DD's team lost their asst coach in January of this year. It was amazing to see the outpouring of love at his memorial service.
    DD took the loss of her coach very hard - I know she still misses him!
    Thinking and praying for you all during this tough time!

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    So sorry for your loss. Thank you for taking the time to share your story. With so much negativity in the world, it's encouraging to hear such a heartwarming expression of compassion and hope.
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    Quote Originally Posted by doublesteal View Post
    We have all read the stories online about the reach of our softball community. Let me tell you how great the softball world is first hand.

    A little over a week ago one of our Assistant Coaches suddenly passed away, he was a young healthy guy with 3 young kids, nobody know what happened just that he was coaching with us on a Saturday and on Sunday afternoon he was being admitted to the ICU in critical condition, by Tuesday morning he was gone (without a cause). Its hard for any of us adult to understand let alone a group of 11 & 12 year old girls. Somehow, word spread quick of the passing and teams from all over the country were reaching out sending prayers for our girls and the the coaches DD.

    The AC's daughter is one of the strongest people I know, we were scheduled to play in a round robin this past weekend us coaches were going to cancel but she demanded that we play because that is what her dad would have wanted. When we show up on Saturday to play the opposing teams come over to us with bags, each one had a wrist band in our team colors with his initials that every team was going to wear, a headband with his initials for each girl on his team, and a card for each player. It brought me to tears that these girls who were our opponents had so much love and support for our team.

    As if that wasn't enough a few teams (some we have played in the last year and some we haven't, some close and some across the country) have send flowers for the funeral, fruit baskets to the family, cards, etc. We even had a coach from an opposing organization offer to pay the kids remaining dues.

    While this has been an extremely tough time for the family the one thing they keep saying is how amazed they are at the softball comunity, it just goes to show how there are more important things in life and how great it is to be a apart of the the softball world!
    That support is amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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    Awesome share!!! Continued prayers for the AC's young daughter and family.

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    I'm so moved by your story that I can't see right now....damned allergies! Thank you for sharing this story and prayers for the family as well as your team are sent from Ohio.
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    I'm very sorry for your loss. Sending good thoughts to his family and your team.

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    How sad. I guess you just never know when it is your time. My condolences to your softball family.

    I actually just went to a funeral visitation tonight on the way to work for the mother of DD's high school coach. Wonderful woman who passed away this week at 92. The family is like local softball royalty, with her playing in women's leagues in the area back in her young days, and her husband who is still alive was also quite the player, I believe belonging to the Illinois ASA hall of fame. The local city park is named after him. They were always at the fields watching kids play softball, and both of them were at most of DDs high school games last year. I was speaking to the coach tonight and he said to me and some others there, that he was overwhelmed by his "softball family" and how many current players, past players, parents of current and past players who had contacted him either by text, or who had been to the church to see him. Softball is a wonderful community.

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