Although softball season does not start until the spring, the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Lady Eagles softball team has started to make an impact on the community.
Coach Marie Thomason, the Lady Eagles softball coach, was offered a gift from Captain CrossFit Headquarters to support softball at the ERAU Prescott campus. This gift has helped tremendously with improving the softball field and helping with the cost for uniforms.

At the beginning of August, Coach Thomason received an email from Captain CrossFit Headquarters asking for the Lady Eagles softball team to take part in a fundraiser being held in Prescott for the families of the 19 Hotshots firefighters who lost their lives on June 30 fighting a wildfire in Yarnell, Ariz. Coach Tomason immediately accepted this offer. She believed this would be a great start for her team to get involved with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ (NAIA) Champions of Character, “the women on my team have not had a chance to be a part of the of the NAIA until this year, so I was really excited to hear about this opportunity and start our involvement with Champions of Character.”

On Aug. 31 the Lady Eagles softball team participated in the Captain CrossFit “Hotshots 19” Memorial Workout in downtown Prescott, Ariz. Each member of the team was asked to raise $10 to donate and participate in the workout. The workout was modeled after the training that is required to be a hotshot firefighter.

After the memorial workout, the Lady Eagles traveled to Captain CrossFit’s Prescott, Ariz. location to join in their fundraising workout. For this workout, each member of the team was asked to raise and donate $20. This workout was more focused on athletic training.

Instead of just raising $30 each to participate in the two workouts, the Lady Eagle softball team went above and beyond to raise a total of $1,024. The team went around the ERAU Prescott campus and the Prescott community to ask for donations. All of the proceeds were donated to the Granite Mountain Hotshot Scholarship and towards Yarnell’s recovery.

After these two events, the softball team instantly decided to serve the Prescott community each month and represent the NAIA’s Champions of Character. The softball team has decided that that they would like to visit Yarnell, Ariz. and help rebuild the community. Coach Thomason was very touched with her team’s decision, “These ladies were not in Prescott before or during the wildfires and these ladies want to do everything they can to help the community.”

The first opportunity to see the Lady Eagles on the field will be on Oct. 5, during Octoberwest, they will be scrimmaging Yavapai College and Arizona Christian University. To stay up to date with the softball team, on and off the field, please “like” them on Facebook. []


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