FSSA Sponsored "Feeding the Dream 2014 Nagua"
The Hollis Appraisals softball team traveled to Nagua, Dominican Republic from June 5 to
June 9 to play in the Goodwill Games and continue their charitable donations. The 60 major plus team has won the “World Championship” the past two years in Las Vegas and is winning the hearts of the Dominican people through their association with the Florida Senior Sports Association (FSSA).
The team played the best that the Dominicans had to offer and won the Goodwill Games with a 3 and 1 record. The team was lead by a number of hall of fame players and boy did these legends play up to their reputations! Big Jack “Salsa King” Aronson was the lead off hitter and consistently set the table for Bob “Wally” Woldyk who hit numerous “tape measured” homeruns. Curtis “the Hammer” Nave provided consistent power and was backed up Awesome Audie Hollis who seemed to find every hole in the Dominican’s defense.
Larry ‘the Legend” Lopez was hitting like legends do and along with Ed “Big Poppa Pump” Rose, Roger “the Preacher Man” Tabor and Mel “the Mailman” Colwell and John “Frickin” Feronti played consistent defense which powered the team to the championship.
The 30 Americans on the trip continued their charitable ways by donating over 1,000 softball items including over 100 bats, gloves, balls, and clothing for the areas little league teams. The team was met on their arrival by a large contingency including the mayor, Miss Nagua, a drum and majorette corp, a dance team and several little league teams.
Audie Hollis, the president of the Florida Senior Sports Association, noted that they were overwhelmed by the reception and honored to play for the second year in the Goodwill Games. Ed Rose, the executive director of the FSSA, explained that the charitable association funded a pressurized water system for the mountain village El Simon last year and donated over 1,000 softball items. In addition the association provided a two year scholarship for a high school education for a 16 year old Dominican boy. This year the association was able to make a significant donation of sporting goods and provide another two year scholarship for a deserving Dominican boy to receive his high school education at the prestigious Florida Air Academy in Melbourne, Florida.
Ed “Flannel Man” Carrington said, “The trip was a life changing experience for many of the travelers and combined softball with charitable giving.” The fastest 60 year old in softball, Mike “Magic” Monnier was excited to see the way of life in the Dominican and the passion the people had for softball. “I really enjoyed the experience of traveling, seeing a new portion of the world and traveling with some fantastic players!”
The team is scheduled to play in a celebrity charity event in Detroit in the latter part of June and then will play in four more national tournaments including trying to three peat for the World Championship in Las Vegas in September.
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Founded in 2000, the Florida Senior Sports Association (FSSA) is a federally approved non profit, volunteer driven organization based in Melbourne, Florida. Contributions are eligible for tax deductions based on current tax laws. There is no charge for membership into the FSSA and all services are free to our members. More about us.
The FSSA will continue to offer special value softball tours, in addition to providing links to other organizations that offer our members value added products or services.
Legends Hall of Fame
Active Major Plus Senior Softball Players
The FSSA sponsors the Legends Hall of Famewhichis comprised of the best Major Plus Senior softball players in the USA. Criteria to be accepted includes applicants must be at least 60 years old, actively playing at the regional and national levels, and a current member of the USSA, ASA, NSS, or Heartland Hall of Fames.
Extra Innings Documentary
Follow a Major Senior Softball team on a quest
The Baby Boomers of today are a new breed of "old guys" who are not ready for retirement or the rocking chair. The Extra Innings Documentary film is about a group of senior softball players coming together to chase a dream of winning the World Masters Championship, the highest level of competition, in Las Vegas, Nevada this fall.
The film crew has followed the team to the Dominican Republic and Detroit, Michigan charity events and has great footage to share with us.