Okinawa softball family comes together to help player's wife

They came together over the weekend at Kadena Air Base’s Four Diamonds softball complex to raise money to help a teammate’s wife in her time of need. Juan Sime of Club Red had to take his wife, Cynthia, to the States for treatment of pregnancy complications. A benefit softball tournament at Kadena went quite a few steps toward defraying some of the expense, as longtime Club Red outfielder Shawn Curtis told me in a Facebook message:

“Marine Sergeant Juan Sime and his wife Cynthia unexpectedly returned to the United States late last month after only one year on island due to severe complications with Cynthia's pregnancy. Juan played outfield for Club Red and was a key aspect with our strong showing in the Pacificwide Open tournament in Korea and winning the Firecracker this year.

“Well, Club Red gathered with fellow softball players from around Okinawa, both men and women, to host a fundraiser softball event at Kadena Four Diamonds Complex. Players were randomly selected to make up four teams which competed in a round-robin and double elimination event. All donations are going to the Sime family to assist with out-of-pocket expenses from the short notice move to Tampa, Fla., where Cynthia is close to family and is receiving the proper medical attention both she and baby require. True compassion was displayed on the field today with players and family members collecting $1,574. Matt Campbell from American Legion won the home run contest and donated his $50 in winnings to the Sime family. Another player who remains anonymous sold a softball bat and gave all his earnings toward this great cause.

“It should be noted that all of this could not have transpired without the tremendous support from the Camp Foster commissary and their generous vendors who donated all the food, charcoal, drinks, plates, napkins and everything else needed to fill the stomachs of hungry ball players.”

Thanks for the update, Shawn.

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