Calling Out for A cure
A challenge has been sent out to umpires across Buffalo Island by umpires Jonathan Carmichael and Mike Matheny.
The two local umpires have been working together umpiring games for about five years. Over time of traveling to Paragould, Jonesboro, Trumann, Blytheville and Pocahontas for softball tournaments, they have become close friends and have shared a lot together.
In their sharing, they realized they both lost their dads at early ages in their lives to cancer.
They have worked Relay for Life Tournaments around the local areas for American Cancer Society but have not been able to work for the Buffalo Island Relay for Life. In some of their discussions, they talked about buying new pink umpire shirts and joked about how they would look in pink and how much more heckling they would get.
Earlier this month, Jonathan came through and surprised Mike with a new pink umpire shirt for his birthday.
Jonathan went on to say he didn't buy the shirts to just hang in the closets. The two planned on wearing their pink shirts for an all night of softball for the Monette Youth Association on Tuesday, May 15.
Mike awoke on Monday with an idea about donating the money the two umpires make from the event to the Buffalo Island Relay for Life American Cancer society. He sent Jonathan a text and he agreed immediately.
On Tuesday night the two donated their night of umpiring pay to the Buffalo Island Relay for Life, presenting their checks to Brenda Matheny, Buffalo Island Relay for Life chairman.
Along with their donation, they issued a challenge to all of the umpires in the area to donate a night of umpiring to the Buffalo Island Relay for Life, c/o Brenda Matheny, P.O. Box 245, Leachville, AR 72438.
"We are asking all umpires to join us and Call Out for A Cure," Matheny said.