The Sullivan Girls Softball Association is beginning to rebuild their equipment supply after thieves appropriated some 18 bags of gear from the SGBA storage unit, as reported first by the Sullivan Independent News, Feb. 13, 2013 edition.
Thieves broke into the storage unit sometime between November and February, stealing the 18 bags of gear for each team that is formed in the SGSA. Signups for the league were going on when officials went to pick up their gear for the 2013 teams.
A massive campaign began this last week to raise funds and equipment needed for the league to continue to have a full 2013 schedule. News of the incident broke through with the Sullivan Independent News and KTUI Radio which was quickly picked up by members of the St. Louis media.
On Monday, February 18, Sports Image, Sullivan and Markwort Sporting Goods Company, St. Louis, teamed up to present a donations of 12 softball bats and 18 dozen softballs to the SGBA.
The items were accepted by Stacy Counts, SGSA League Treasurer and Kristie Wheeler, SGSA Head Umpire.
“The support we have received so far has been overwhelming ,” said Counts Monday. “The generosity of people in Sullivan and the surrounding areas has been incredible and many people are wanting to know how they can help to make sure the girls have a softball season this summer.”
Donations have been coming in to the tune of about $5,000 thus far with another $3 to $4,000 still needed to finish supplies for each team for the season.
“We have gotten donations from several Sullivan businesses and individuals but also from St. Louis and Arnold,” said Counts. “One St. Louis company donated a $3,000 check to us while an Arnold man donated a $500 check, after seeing the reports on St. Louis television.
Other donations are being made, according to Counts, but have not been received yet including equipment from the Oklahoma State University Softball Team.
At press time no leads in the case of the stolen equipment have been found at this time, according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department.
Those who would like to make a donation to the league may do so by mailing a donation to SGBA, P.O. Box 464, Sullivan, Mo., 63080.