Koblenz Softball Tourney against Bullying

10830824_817275054982843_8538193308450617077_o 10922355_836081456435536_7636964353519733389_oWe were honored to be a part of the 1st Annual Koblenz Raptors Softball against Bullying Indoor Fast Pitch Tourney.  This tourney was a great success!  Six teams from several European countries traveled to support Softball against Bullying and Teen Suicide awareness.  10928870_786532571396250_7790001605382647011_oTeams from Germany, Belgium, Holland and Luxemburg were represented with players from all over the world!  The purpose was to raise awareness for Teen Suicide and Bullying.  Money was also raised that will go the the German Organization, AGUS, (see previous post about new charity we are involved with), and the HIRA PROJECT that was so important to our daughter.

There were many people there that we had never met before.  Our softball family certainly grew on that day.  We have so many people to thank.  First off, this would not have happened without the driving force and will to succeed of Mr. Tobi Schmidt.

Tobi awarding trophy to Tina and I.

Tobi awarding trophy to Tina and I.Tobi had the idea and approached his team with it.  They not only agreed to do it, they ended up with a day that other organizers will have an extremely difficult time trying to emulate.  From the set-up to the tear down, from the hand made trophies to the banners and t-shirt designs and from the great sportsmanship and wonderful competition, a success!

So many volunteers working behind the scenes.  This team found sponsors for the balls used in the tourney.  Umpires contacted the organizers asking to work the games at no cost just to be a part of this great event.  Chili making, cake baking, hot dog cooking and a myriad of other things all done with straight open-hearted volunteerism!  All this was done to minimize expenses and maximize the money to be donated to charity.


The emblem the Koblenz Raptors came up with to remember Ciarra.


The Koblenz Raptors team underneath their banner. They also are holding Ciarra’s jerseys. The two children are at most softball tournaments keeping the Ciarra’s Cupcakes for Charity tradition going!


Tina and I were presented with these jerseys. The front has a large Kangaroo with the phrase, BULLYING STOPS HERE.


The Koblenz Raptors banner!

A great day and thank you all so very very much!!


About Dusty

I am the father of Ciarra Joi "CJ" Rhodes. I am the man blessed to have 13 and a half years with my beautiful daughter. I am also the survivor of her teenage suicide. I miss her every minute of every day! I hope this site will keep her memory alive and maybe help others.

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