Softball Team Spreads Christmas Cheer

Members of the CJ softball team spent Saturday, Dec. 3 serving youngsters of all ages at the Pancakes with Prancer community event hosted by the City of Moraine.

Eagle volunteers were in charge of leading arts and crafts activities during the event, which is aimed at raising money for the city’s Christmas Smiles Program. The program provides food and gifts for needy families from Moraine.

Dee Bowling, head coach, said the girls had a great time interacting with the children and taking a team photo with Santa and his reindeer, Prancer.

“They did a great job,” said Bowling, who works for the Moraine Fire Department. “These kids volunteer their time every time I ask and any time there is a need.”

In previous years, the Eagles have helped with service projects including K-8 softball clinics and holiday gift wrapping sessions said junior outfielder Annemarie Krug.

“I think it's a good thing to volunteer during the holidays,” she said. “Plus I just like working with kids.”

Krug and her teammates assisted children in painting pictures of Santa using handprints made of white paint for beards. The time spent together in the offseason helps build team chemistry, said Krug, but she added the reward of seeing a child’s face light up at Christmas time is far worth any amount of time invested.

“The kids just had a great time,” she said.

CJ’s softball team returns seven underclassmen from last season and opens competition this year with a GGCL Grey North match-up Saturday, March 24 versus Alter High School at Gateway Action Sports Center.