EJRT switching from softball to sack lunches

Kevin Bezdicek, softball director for Enid Joint Recreation Triad (EJRT), hands out a free sack lunch on Saturday at the Government Springs South softball fields. (Billy Hefton / Enid News & Eagle)

This time of the year, the softball fields at Government Springs Park normally would be crowded with parents, players and fans, enjoying a favorite spring pastime.

But, with the softball season on hold due to the coronavirus, Enid Joint Recreation Triad coaches and volunteers have set aside their regular spring routine to instead hand out sack lunches, to help anyone in need during the current crisis.

EJRT volunteers were out at Gov­ernment Springs around lunch time on Saturday, handing out sack lunches to anyone who needed one.

“Normally, we’d have kids out here going through all the activities,” said Kevin Bezdicek, EJRT softball di­­ rector. “This would be the busiest part of our season.”

Without the games and practices, Bezdicek said those who normally volunteer to coach and organize the games wanted to find another way to give back.

“This is our time to give back, and help all those who volunteer and help us,” Bezdicek said.

The EJRT volunteers brought out 100 sack lunches, with the help of Chick-fil-A of Enid and funded through past seasons’ registration fees.

Future events may move to Crosslin Park, or other city parks, Bezdicek said, to reach those in need. Plans for future sack lunch distributions will be posted to the EJRT Softball Facebook page.

He said the sack lunches will hopefully help many of the EJRT players, who live with parents or grandparents who are at-risk, and may not have access to meals on the weekend.

EJRT also is offering a free grocery pick-up and delivery service for those who are unable to get out.

To sign up for the delivery service, message EJRT through the EJRT Softball Facebook page.

EJRT softball season currently is delayed until May 4. The program serves almost 400 area youth.

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