Charity softball tournament helps veterans see war memorials in D.C.

1 year 9 months 2 weeks ago Saturday, October 01 2016 Oct 1, 2016 Saturday, October 01, 2016 3:14:00 PM CDT October 01, 2016 in News
By: Joe Gjata, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA — Home Runs for Heroes is a charity softball tournament in Columbia that gathers hundreds of people and raises money to send veterans to see their war memorials in Washington D.C. 

Saturday and Sunday mark the fifth annual tournament, and last year the event raised about $13,000.

Andrea Seeley, Home Runs for Heroes executive board member, said the goal is to break last year’s record.

“All the proceeds go to the Central Missouri Honor Flight, which sends military veterans to see their war memorials in Washington D.C. and that’s where we focus our energy,” she said.

Home Run for Heroes hopes to fund trips for more than 20 local military veterans with the proceeds.

Seeley said the tournament has grown from 12 teams its inaugural year to 80 teams in 2016. The games are scheduled to go from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.

She said they expect over 1000 people to attend from players and umpires, to veterans and kids, to families and other supporters. Seeley admitted logistics behind the event can be challenging.

“Putting on an 80-team softball tournament in 48 hours, it’s a lot of blood, sweat and tears for us, personally,” she said.

However, serving as a guardian on one of the honor flights, Seeley said it’s all worth it.

“It was a life-changing experience and we just can’t give it up,” she said. “We’re out here every year.”

John Rhein, a World War II and Korean War veteran, was honored during the festivities and said being at the tournament was special. Afterwards, Rhein ran the bases to the crowd’s applause.

“I wish could be out there,” he said. “It’s just something I go back, I played a lot of ball.”

Rhein also went to Washington D.C. on one of the honor flights and his response to that experience: “It’s one of the great days of my life."

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