COVINGTON — The Lady Eagles softball team are proving that they are a family as they are hosting an alumni softball game to help the brother of one of their own.
On Feb. 23 of this year, James Wright, the brother of 2003 Eastside softball player Kim Wright, was involved in a single car accident. The result was a broken neck which has left him a quadriplegic.
As James is working hard trying to get back home, his sister is working hard making sure the house is ready to meet his needs. The money raised by the alumni game will hopefully make a small dent into the cost needed.
Even though the remolding has been completed, he still needs an accessible van with a cost of $58,000. While $15,000 has been raised through the website www.gofundme.com/jameswrightfund, they are still around $35,000 short.
With the help of Kayla Young, who played on two of the Eastside state championship teams, and Eastside head coach Heather Wood, more than 20 alumni have answered the call to help the cause.
Some of the alumni playing include 2004 graduate Ashley Cowan (Coles), Brittany Harper (07), Christie Rice (06), Brittany Cowan (07), Kayla Jones (09) and Bri Chambers (09).
“Some are from the ‘98 year all the way up to this past season. We have a good group coming out,” Wood said. “Since we have so many alumni players coming back I am going to have them scrimmage each other. I’m planning on doing a few fast pitch and slow pitch innings. It’s really a fun event. I know these girls haven’t played in a while. This is just something fun to do for the program and to honor our alumni”
The game is set for Saturday, Aug. 16, at 11 a.m. at the Eastside softball field with all proceeds to go to the James Wright Fund. The gate fee is $6.