Chosen Softball Team held first fundraiser for Relay for Life of Atmore for 2023-24 year

Published 4:01 pm Tuesday, October 10, 2023

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The Chosen Softball Team held the first fundraiser for Relay for Life of Atmore more than a month ago at Arrowhead Park in Poarch.

Jon Godwin, a youth pastor with Walnut Hill Baptist Church and head coach, said they were contacted about getting a fundraiser together for Relay for Life of Atmore.

“We reached out to the (United States Fastpitch Association) because they put on tournaments in the local area,” Godwin said. “We asked the director for the tournament, and if we could do a sponsorship for the tournament for Relay for Life.”

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Godwin said earlier last summer they started a team to do a cancer tournament benefit in Pace, Fla. for another survivor.

“That’s where the logo for the uniforms came from,” he said. “We just kept going along with it. We decided to do one for Relay for Life.”

The tournament featured 24 teams, and took place on Aug. 19. Total funds raised were approximately $3,800.

On the team name, Godwin it was one they just came up with.

“I’m a youth pastor, and it just kind of, we always have been praying all year, and even with our recreation team,” he said.

Godwin said if they’re able, they will be putting on a tournament next year.

“We’re hoping to have a 10U and 12U The Chosen team, and we’re hoping to do an annual tournament for Relay for Life,” he said.