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Discussion: Just want to say a BIG Thank You......

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March 26, 2014
Big Mike
61 posts
Just want to say a BIG Thank You......
Thank you to all of you fellow senior players and Vendors who have donated some wonderful equipment to the Wounded Warriors PNW. If you could see their faces when they get something they don't have or something in a lot better shape than they already have....it's like a kid with a new toy. It's like who gets to use the new stuff first.
Man, I have a wonderful wife. My Military retirement all goes to these guys and gals. As long as I don't use the credit card, she lets me do whatever I want. Think I will keep her for a few more years.
Again, Thank you, all of you! But I REALLY want to give a shout out to Alan Tanner of Team1 Sports and Rev Judi at Wintercrest. They have gone above and beyond. It's an Honor to know them.

1st Sgt. Michael Frerichs
US Army (Ret)
101st Airborne Rangers
Wounded Warriors PNW
Founder
March 27, 2014
Tri18
609 posts
Sgt,
I appreciate your kind words. I look on it as a privilege to be able to help out when I can. It's our duty as civilians to help out those who dedicate their lives to protect our freedoms in this country. So...our thanks and gratitude to all of you.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
March 27, 2014
Webbie25
Men's 60
1972 posts
Big Mike-is there going to be a place in Las Vegas in April where we can take equipment to donate? I have a couple new bat bags that I could donate. And, if so, could you list some needs you might have so guys that want to can help?
March 27, 2014
Big Mike
61 posts
Sorry Webbie. Las Vegas is a no show for me or any of the players this year. We had planned to go and say Hi, meet a lot of guys, let the guys hang out with other players but it has become FUBAR. The bat bags are a great idea but Honestly, we use Army reclaimed duffels. And they work well for us.
What we can use most are.....

44/375 softballs
ANY gloves..playing or batting
and of course BATS! We always need bats. We were hoping a vendor or manufacturer would step up, A couple guys already sent bats and they are being well played...:)...almost to the point of trying to remember what color they were originally.

Some of these guys have the upper body strength of a Mule. And we play in all weather, hot, cold, rain.....they don't care..they just wanna play. And it gets them out and off the ward for a few hours.
You wouldn't believe the transformation that has come over these soldiers. For a few hours EVERYDAY, they can forget everything and just be guys, not patients, playing softball.
March 28, 2014
John27
Men's 50
32 posts
Big Mike, Do you have an address where one can send equipment to the WW?
Thanks
John E
March 28, 2014
Big Mike
61 posts
John you can just sent it to my house.
9909 NE 59th Ave.
Vancouver, Wa. 98686
I keep everything in my Suburban.
The Hospital doesn't seem to
have room for our stuff anymore.
March 29, 2014
lewis
29 posts
Webster, if you are going to Vegas in April I have a glove I've been trying to get to Big Mike and some of the guys might have some bats for him too. Let me know. Louie
April 1, 2014
Tri18
609 posts
SARGE,
A update for you today and it's for real not April fools. I reached out to MIKEN on your behalf and they have agreed to donate some equipment to you. I will say they have been very responsive to charitable things so my thanks to MIKEN for taking care of our own troops. Look for a care package sometime next week...
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
April 1, 2014
Tri18
609 posts
Big Mike,
Just got the packing list from Miken. I have to again say thank you to them and Brad Augedahl their National sales manager.. I couldn't think of a better place to help someone out that's involved with our sport and Miken certainly did that. Good luck to you guys and enjoy the equipment.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
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