MURFRESBORO, Tenn. – On a merry Friday night and Saturday morning in December, a rush of holiday shoppers visited the Blue Raider softball field to close in on the end of their holiday shopping at the 3rd Annual Children’s Christmas Toys of Middle Tennessee Softball.
This year’s event marked the third year in a row that the Blue Raiders have partnered with DARE to help spread holiday cheer and provide toys to families in need during the holiday season.
“We have to thank the DARE program first,” said the head coach Jeff Breden. “We are lucky that one of our receivers, At Hailey Bosley’s, grandfather is one of the leaders of DARE International in California and throughout the country. He asked us three years ago how DARE helps give back to the community every year by giving away toys. We are lucky that he was able to program it, provide us with the toys, and allow us to help the communities of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County and surrounding areas each year. This year alone we will be giving away 7,000 toys, so hopefully we can put some joy into some people’s Christmas. It’s humbling for our program to see that there are those in need, and hopefully we can meet that need and create some smiles along the way.”
“Our partnership with Middle Tennessee Softball has been great,” said DARE Southeast Regional Manager Danny Tally. “DARE has always been committed to our youth, through our youth prevention education, and to really modeling that behavior as well. So having the chance to partner with Middle Tennessee Athletics and the softball program has really helped the youth in our community.It goes hand-in-hand with our mission at DARE America and with our law enforcement partners throughout the Middle Tennessee region, as well as the entire state of Tennessee. This event was and continues to be a great opportunity for DARE to come together with like-minded people who want to positively impact the future of our young people and really make a difference for our young people in this community and give back to those who are underserved during the holiday season.We truly appreciate and love our partnership with Middle Tennessee and look forward to seeing our relationship continue to grow not only ment this year, but also in the future.”
Things started Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. when the Blue Raiders began handing out monster truck toys, Batman action figures and Don’t Feed the Pandas games to Barbies, Frozen board games and kids. Emojiballs until 7 p.m. that night.
It’s the end of the first day of our Christmas Toy Days 2021 for children!
— MT Softball (@MT_Softball) December 4, 2021
The Blue Raiders continued to serve the community of Murfreesboro early Saturday morning as they handed out toys from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. when only a small fraction of the toy boxes remained inside the building. batting facility at Blue Raider Softball Field.
Day 2 ✅
That’s it for this year’s Christmas Toy Days! Thank you to everyone who came and happy holidays! We look forward to seeing everyone at Blue Raider Softball Field this spring!#BlueRaiders | ⚡️⬆️ pic.twitter.com/5mt2An9ms3
— MT Softball (@MT_Softball) December 4, 2021
“It’s really about giving back to the community,” said the senior receiver Hailey Bosley. “We are here to bring joy to families who may be in need during the holidays, especially with COVID continuing to impact so many people across the country. There have been difficult times for many. many families so it’s nice to give back to the community. This event every year allows us to help others, and at the same time share our schedule with them, so they can join us every spring at Blue Raider Softball Field. It helps promote Middle Tennessee and our softball program and really shows what our school and our softball team are about giving back to people, making them feel comfortable and helping them have a great time. time when they are around us and at our games.”
“It means a lot to us,” said second-year pitcher and first baseman Dannielle Taitt. “This community gives us so much. We wouldn’t have this stadium without this community, so it means a lot that we can give back to them. Although we can help a little during the holidays, seeing the smiles on people’s faces when they bring back toys at home mean the world to us.”
Middle Tennessee Softball season kicks off in San Diego, Calif. on February 10and and will host its home opener March 11-13, with its first home game of the year March 11 at noon against Northern Iowa.
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