by Ho Hoffman 30. January 2013 17:19



MUSTANG, OK – Two well known softball organizations, SOFTBALL PLAYERS ASSOCIATION (SPA) and BADEN SPORTS, INC.,  have joined forces in an effort to help “strike out” breast cancer.

The two have combined to market an 11-inch pink softball which is being sold at the SPA headquarters and at selected SPA tournaments.   The souvenir softball sells for $5.00, with current sales of 1,500 of the balls raising over $12,000 for BREAST CANCER RESEARCH.

SPA tournaments who have been offering the “pink ball” are DALTON, MYRTLE BEACH, JACKSONVILLE, and PLANO.

“They will also be available at other SPA tournaments this summer”, SPA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, RIDGE HOOKS, said.  “They may also be obtained by contacting the SPA office at (405) 376-7034.

In addition, SPA has donated another $2,700 to the cause, by donating 1,800 pink softballs to OKLAHOMA CITY’S “RACE FOR THE CURE” Project.

“We at SPA believe it is our duty to join in the battle to strike out cancer”, HOOKS said.  “Every player in our organization,  be it on a women’s team or a men’s team, has been touched personally, or has had a close friend or relative who has suffered from breast cancer.”

“It should not be an option to just stand back and say, “Gee, I’m sorry to hear that”, but rather a duty to do something and join in the battle”.  HOOKS added, “Where breast cancer is concerned, to us, softball is more than a game.”

The SUSAN G. KOMEN FOUNDATION has been the main recipient of the funds.

Joining SPA in the battle against cancer is nothing new for BADEN.  The Washington state company has been an active participant in fund raising for the cause.  BADEN also has pink basketballs, volleyballs, and soccer balls, in addition to the softballs.

“BADEN SPORTS is a proud sponsor of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.”, a BADEN spokesperson stated, “A portion of the proceeds from all Pink products goes to the efforts of the National Breast Cancer Association, to fight breast cancer and give hope.”

The fight against cancer has not been the only community funding project for SPA.  On a national level, they have a scholarship program which has raised thousands of dollars for recipients.  SPA also promotes the “WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT”.

“There are more important things to concern us than wins, losses, and awards” HOOKS said, “I truly believe that GOD is behind us in our battle against cancer, and when we defeat cancer, and we will, to HIM goes the glory.”

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About the Editor

Ho Hoffman of Wadsworth,Ohio is a sports writer for the Medina (Ohio) Gazette daily newspaper. Hoffman also has been playing competitive softball for nearly sixty years and 3,000 games starting in the adult fast pitch leagues as a teenager and continuing through into today's 70's senior division.  

Hoffman for the past twenty years has also been playing on senior softball travel teams. In addition, he along with Red Bole are the tournament directors of the highly successful SPA Ohio Buckeye Classic June senior softball tournament which last year drew 77 teams, in the 50, 55, 60, 65, 70 and 75 AA and AAA only divisions. 

He is also married. He and his wife Sue have three sons who are also active in softball and baseball. The youngest Matt plays adult slo-pitch softball, Mike plays Roy Hobbs 40-and over baseball and Marc is the founder, owner and president of U.S. Baseball Academy, the nation's largest baseball training program.


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