For Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé senior Zoey Billings, delivering Easter eggs to families across Juneau alongside her softball team is the perfect blend of a good time for a good cause.
“I like all of the laughs we have in our small group while delivering the eggs,” Billings said. “It is fun just being able to be goofy while still being able to help the community with such a fun fundraiser.”
Saturday night kicked off the JDHS softball team’s third annual Egg My House event, which serves as a team fundraiser where Juneau families purchase Easter eggs filled with candy and/or cash in advance from the Juneau Fastpitch Softball Association on behalf of the JDHS Crimson Bears.
The team got together on Saturday afternoon to fill roughly 4,000 eggs for 58 families, according to JDHS softball coach Lexie Razor. From 9-10:30 p.m. the team divided into separate groups to make egg deliveries and ensure kids and families had eggs to search for Easter the following morning. Razor said this year the team managed to raise between $2,000 and $3,000, which is about on par with previous years.
“It’s a fun event,” Razor said. “The kids like getting out there and hiding the eggs. The weather was kind of bad on Saturday night, but everyone still had a really good time, and all of the families that get the eggs are always very excited and we received good feedback from folks saying this year went well.”
The JDHS softball team carried on its tradition of delivering eggs while each wearing bunny ears, which Razor said is both for fun and to put people’s minds at ease when they see teenagers running through their yards late at night.
“We did that the first year out of fun, but now we do it so that the police aren’t called,” Razor said. “I call the police department now just to make sure that they know because every year there’s been calls because there are kids and teenagers running through yards, so the bunny ears do help, but like I said, it also just makes it fun.”
Additionally, Razor said on Saturday, April 1, the team held two softball clinics for Juneau kids age 11-and-under at Floyd Dryden Middle School. Razor said the team hosted additional clinics on Wednesday and Thursday in Petersburg. According to Razor, the clinics are designed for girls to learn and practice softball fundamentals. The team spent time with the kids working on throwing, fielding, catching, batting and pitching.
Next up for the Crimson Bears softball team, Razor said the athletes will travel to Sitka this weekend for a varsity tournament against Kodiak and Palmer before the regular season starts the following weekend against Thunder Mountain High School, weather and field conditions permitting.
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