Members of Sara Dresen’s softball team wore a special patch to her funeral this weekend to honor their friend and teammate.
Dresen was killed August 9 by an impaired driver while she jogged along Middle Road near 5-1/2-Mile Road.
The decal (seen in the photo above) is now available for car windows for $15, and the proceeds will help support a softball scholarship in Dresen’s name with Sturtevant Youth Baseball Association. Dresen was a member of the Sturtevant Starz and played catcher.
Elaine Wilson was Dresen’s coach and said the scholarship will help defray the costs of both signing up for the 2016 season ($60) but also the mandatory candy fundraiser, which involves a $100 opt-out fee if families don’t feel like they can sell all the candy.
“Some families might have enough to register one child, but getting multiple kids involved can be overwhelming so we want to help them out,” she said.
Details are still being worked out on how to determine who will qualify, and the amount of each scholarship and how many will be available will depend on how much is raised through the sale of the decals.
Wilson is also the Racine Lutheran softball coach, and her team participates in an annual, countywide tournament that raises money for a different cause each year. During the tourney, there are a number of fundraising activities like a basket raffle and a 50/50 raffle, and Wilson said she’s talking to event organizers about the tournament helping fund the scholarship with SYBA.
Having Dresen on her team at all was a happy accident, Wilson added. Her team was short a player, so the coach from the other junior-level team agreed to move Dresen over.
“This was my first summer coaching Sara, and it was really kind of a happy accident,” Wilson explained. “My husband works with her dad, and her sister’s friend is on my team at Lutheran. It felt like it was meant to be from all these seemingly random connections.”