There Is No Place Like Home Base
Fresh cut grass, dragged dirt, the crack of a bat, a diving catch, a stolen base, sweating, slides into home, and scraped forearms. Not a bad way to spend a few hours Monday evenings to connect with other guys.
That’s exactly what happens every Monday in the spring, summer, and fall. The Prosper UMC softball team shows up at Shawnee Trails Park to play softball with teams from other churches in the Frisco Men’s League A division. Undaunted by a winless record, this sports ministry offers a grand slam experience: connection, a fun physical activity, fellowship, and a group with whom to navigate life’s difficulties. “It’s a great way to meet and make new friends while having fun,” said David Bell. “On and off the field, we get to know each other better,” added Tim Hay.
Mike Lish, team manager, initially organized the softball team in 2007, looking for a way to connect and get to know other men in the church. The team grew from eleven men in the beginning to today’s roster of 22. Not everyone can play every game due to travel and work schedules, but consistently an average of 10-12 gather in the dugout each week.
The team’s players have become a network of fellow Christians who connect on a more personal level. After games, the guys congregate at the Gin or some restaurant. “This started as a social outing,” Rick McGrath shared. “But it’s become a close group of friends. We often get into serious discussions about how to live as Christian men through life’s challenges and issues — family, faith, work issues, and politics.”
Someone once said, “You can’t steal second with one foot on first.” So, try a changeup. Rather than sitting at home doing the usual, take your foot off first and do something different. Come join the action. It’s easy. Talent is not required to play, but sense of humor and your own glove are a must. Previous experience is helpful. If interested, contact Mike Lish at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or come cheer for the team. Check their schedule at teamsideline.com/sites/frisco/schedule. All with the gift of encouragement are welcome to the bleachers!
To the Prosper UMC Men’s Softball Team, Thank you for offering this opportunity for fun and camaraderie with other Christian men. You are a witness to your faith. You show us how to unite as a team and support one another both on and off the field. Thank you for being there.
~With love, Your Church Family