East Coast Lady Trooper Softball Tournament raises $9,500 for SODE

posted Thu, Dec 10, 2015 by Jon Buzby

Pictured left to right, Rich Bratz, Pete Townsend, Chad Campbell, Donna Simpson, Pam Coupe, Sarah Bosco, Melissa Hukill, Carolee LeNoir, Nancy Skubik, Glenn Moore and Chip Simpson.

Shortly after the sun rose on Saturday, Sept. 19, Special Olympics Delaware athlete Brendan Popp and his father, Chris, a Delaware State Trooper, threw out the first pitch at the 14th annual East Coast Lady Trooper Charity Softball Tournament.

By the time the sun set 36 hours later over the Sports at the Beach complex in Georgetown, $19,000 had been raised by participating teams from nine states in the region: Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

"This event was more than a charity softball tournament; it was reflective of the many ways that law enforcement continues to be actively involved in our communities," Colonel Nathaniel McQueen Jr., Superintendent of the Delaware State Police, said in a statement.

The tournament was  originally initiated to solicit the support of female State Troopers along the East Coast to bring several state agencies together for a common goal of helping others by raising money to support local charities. Leading up to this year's event, more than $100,000 had been raised in the event's 13-year history. This year's selected charities were Special Olympics Delaware and Camp Barnes, which equally split the proceeds from the event.

"It is an honor to be the recipient of such a successful and meaningful event," SODE executive director Ann Grunert said. "And we are thrilled that Camp Barnes was chosen as well since we have seen firsthand the value of that facility when our athletes enjoy utliizing the camp for two long weekends each summer."

Delaware fielded two teams in the tournament, and in addition to the players on those teams, the event was made possible through the support of several individuals, organizations and law enforcement agencies through the First State, according to DSP Captain Melissa Hukill.

"I would like to thank all those involved on behalf of the Delaware State Police Women's Softball Teams for a wonderful event," Hukill said. "The support from our fellow troopes and the community helped support these amazing charities."

The event committee presented SODE with a check during a special ceremony on Dec. 7 at the Sports at the Beach complex.