Local softball team aids Oklahoma tornado victims

By Adam Ganucheau/NEMS Daily Journal

A Northeast Mississippi tournament softball team traveled to Oklahoma with over $10,000 in donations for victims of the recent Oklahoma tornadoes.
The Mississippi Krush 2000 softball team, a group of 12-year-old girls from Lee, Itawamba, Tishimingo and Pontotoc counties, planned around six months ago to travel to Shawnee, Oklahoma, for the OKC Challenge softball tournament. When the devastating EF-5 tornado hit Moore on May 20, parents and coaches of the team had a decision to make.
“We had this trip planned for such a long time, and some of the parents thought that it would be great to go up and help out in any way we could in addition to playing the tournament,” Eddie Sullivan, the father of one the team’s coaches and Tupelo resident, said. “We knew that the need was unbelievable, so we all wanted to go make a difference.”
The team drove 10 hours to Oklahoma last Thursday after contacting Moore Baptist Church before departing.
“We got in contact with Moore Baptist Church before we left and they told us that the best way they could use us was through donations,” parent and Belmont resident Tonya Rogers said. “All of the girls (on the team) asked for donations from people through their churches, and we raised a little over $10,000 total that we gave to Moore Baptist.”
Though the monetary amount the team brought was beyond any of the parents’ expectations, the group still wanted to do more when they arrived. They planned to volunteer their services in Moore Friday, but a second round of storms around Moore postponed those plans.

Read more in Tuesday’s NEMS Daily Journal.