The Panama City Rescue Mission’s softball team, The Chainbreakers, play ball every Thursday at 6:30 p.m., at Oakland Terrace Park, 1900 West 11th Street, Panama City, FL 32401.
The Chainbreakers’ season opener last Thursday was a nail biter. They came from behind and took the lead at the end of the game to win 17 to 15 against The Basers! “We had a great time and gave all the glory to God,” Anthony VanScooter said. “I’m thankful God has allowed everything to work out so that the guys can get out, have some fun, and experience a little healthy competition.” VanScooter is the Rescue Mission Case Manager Intern and Chainbreakers Coach.
Just as with the softball game, the players, who are Rescue Mission recovery clients, are overcoming challenges in their lives as well as on the field. “Playing softball as a team builds comradery,” said Rick Briggs, Panama City Rescue Mission’s Vice President of Programs. “The discipline and teamwork participating in a sport builds helps shape the accountability we expect of each of our clients as they work and grow together as a team.”
The team plays a doubleheader every Thursday at 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., or 8:30 p.m., depending on when the team is scheduled each week, for the next nine weeks through the remainder of the season.
The City of Panama City supported the Rescue Mission’s softball team by waiving the entry and player fees and donating some game balls. Equipment was donated by team parents.