GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN) — Hours after a KOIN 6 News report about a Gresham softball team’s missing jerseys, the jerseys were returned apparently by the man who was hired to imprint the team logo and numbers.
The players on the Affliction fast-pitch softball teams between the ages of 9 and 16 raised money through car washes to help purchase their jerseys, 54 of them in all. The jerseys then needed their numbers and their team logo.
Rebecca, a mom helping with the team (who asked to not have her last name used), said she gave the jerseys to a man she’s used in the past for other projects, including making stickers for a different team.
She said the man met her to pick up the jerseys and she used PayPal for the $190 deposit. Then on September 9, she said, he told her he’d bring the jerseys to her work.
But, she told KOIN 6 News, he never showed. He hadn’t responded to any emails, texts or phone calls since, she said.
KOIN 6 News also tried finding him and contacting him but were not able to connect with him through Friday. KOIN 6 News is not naming the man because he is not charged with a crime.
But Saturday morning, the man contacted KOIN 6 News and said all the jerseys were returned. A handful of the jerseys had been imprinted.
Rebecca confirmed the jerseys were returned outside her home and PayPal — through which she gave the printer his deposit — said she would be getting her money refunded within 5 days.
Affliction Softball had already replaced some of the jerseys, spending additional money and they’re still waiting for more from another printer.
Kim Dawson is a 16-year-old who loves playing softball. She’s part of this new team in Gresham that gives girls more opportunity to play ball.
“Whether they were let go from another team or can’t financially do it, just anyone who wants to play can play,” Kim said.
Rebecca told KOIN 6 News the fast-pitch team began as a 16-and-under team.
“Then all of a sudden we put some ads up on Facebook and we found more girls and more girls. So all of a sudden we have 3 sets of teams, all different ages,” including girls as young as 9, she said. Most of the players are from the Gresham Barlow School district. “Maybe this will be able to help them get a college scholarship.”
Meanwhile, the players on Affliction Softball said they’re just going to keep playing and doing their best, no matter what they’re wearing.
In the end, Kim said it “doesn’t matter what we look like and it doesn’t matter what we wear to the games just as long as we’re all having fun and doing it.”