Bethany College students raised $200 in a wacky game of Duck Soup softball last Sunday afternoon at the Swede Softball Park. Students from David Slack’s Bethany Quest class organized the fund raiser to benefit Mija Stockman, ’98, a former Bethany track athlete who was injured in an automobile accident and has faced a long, difficult, and expensive recovery. She is currently receiving specialty care in a rehabilitation hospital in Nebraska.
Nearly 50 Bethany students participated in the activity. The game had several wacky rules like running the bases in reverse, batting with the non-dominant hand, or singing a song before hitting. The great “equalizer”, according to Slack, was most likely the spongy ball that did weird things in flight making it difficult to catch.
“The team consisting of several baseball players was favored because of their background in the game; however, it was a group consisting of male and female softball players that shined the most,” he said. “It was a great deal of fun for all. Special thanks goes to members of the class who organized the teams and to all the participants for their contributions to a great cause.”
The event was promoted as a servant leadership activity. Professor Slack is chair of the health, physical education and athletic training for Bethany College athletic department and is athletic training program coordinator.