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Rockford Krush Makes Huge Difference in Community

By Jeannie Gregory, 10/07/19, 11:45AM EDT


Some of the canned goods and boxed dinners gathered for Feeding America West Michigan. ~ Contributed Photo

ROCKFORD – The Rockford Krush hosted a fall tournament at East Rockford Middle School, Sunday, Oct. 6, but it wasn’t all about softball. The event was a charitable event with proceeds going to both Feeding America West Michigan and Relay for Life. The Rockford Krush 10u and 12u teams were not only excited to take to the ball diamond, but to also make a difference in their community. The organization is well-known in the Rockford community for not only their volunteerism to local non-profits, but also for their dedication to special campaigns, such as Toys for Tots.

“A big part of Krush is community outreach, and what better way to give back than by empowering the softball community,” says Josh Slagter, Rockford Krush president. “The response was amazing, and it’s so rewarding to be able to help out two great charities.”

Sixteen teams competed in the round-robin tournament and were asked to bring at least one food donation per player to help with the cause. The teams responded in a big way, rolling in literally car loads of canned goods and boxed dinners to feed the less fortunate. Not only will the team distribute 1,452 pounds of food collected to Feeding America West Michigan, they will also be handing a check for more than $1,000 to Relay for Life to help fight cancer.

A huge congratulations goes to the 12u Portage Hornets for making the largest contribution to the food pantry and earning a free Tanner tee for their efforts – to go along with the great feeling of helping others.

“We’re always looking for opportunities to make our players better on and off the field, and we’re lucky to have families who embrace this,” concludes Slagter. “It was not only a great day for the organization, but for all the teams that participated and contributed.”

To find out more about the Krush organization, and how your daughter can learn softball and how to be a contributing citizen, go to

Congratulations to the 12u Portage Hornets for donating the most to the cause and earning a Tanner tee. ~ Contributed Photo

Rockford Krush players help hand out food and collect donations. ~ Contributed Photo