Annual charity game catches on

August 7, 2018

Jonathan Thomas, a senior at Carroll High School, didn’t expect a charity event that he created as a freshman would become an annual occurrence.

Participants, however, have twice returned for the Anne Kostoff Memorial Softball Game to show support for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

Thomas, 18, initially organized it as an Eagle Scout project that also satisfied requirements for a class assignment, he said.

Planning a softball game fit with his passion for baseball, he said, and he named the event after his grandmother, who lived with Alzheimer’s before dying in May 2015.

“I picked a charity that meant something to me,” Thomas said.

The game has raised more than $2,600 in the two years it has accepted monetary donations, he said. Material donations : baby dolls and MP3 players with headphones : have also been collected for people with the disease.

The matchup is always the same : WANE-TV vs. Adams Radio Group : and typically happens in June for “The Longest Day,” a sunrise-to-sunset event to honor those facing Alzheimer’s disease. The game was delayed to July this year due to rain.

“That’s the worst part of it,” Thomas said, of weather’s role in the organizational efforts.

Just as donations have increased : from about 1,850 this year : so have the spectators. More than 40 people attended July’s game at Shoaff Park, Thomas said.

“That was the biggest crowd we had,” he said.

After high school, Thomas plans to study environmental management at Indiana University before pursuing a law degree.

He expects he will be able to continue the softball game.

He likes seeing people come together for the cause, he said.

“So many people want to help,” he said.



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