Holderman Heroes Softball Tournament

On average, two to three children out of every 1,000 are born with Cerebral Palsy, according to cerebralpalsy.org. The disability affects brain development, body movement, muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture and balance.

Softball players in Murray supported a set of twins living with this brain disorder through a tournament Saturday. Team Elite Softball hosted the second annual Holderman Hero’s softball tournament.

All the money goes to helping 8-year-old’s Sydney and Samantha Holderman who live with cerebral palsy and epilepsy.    

Coordinator and Coach Corey Downey said he’s surprised at how many more people are helping raise money in the tournament’s second year. 

“It’s outstanding the support we got this year. Compared to last year it is a lot more, a lot more. Businesses are donating, more families, I mean there’s been a tremendous support,” Holderman said.

The Holderman’s moved to Murray less than two years ago, but mother, Laura said they couldn’t feel more welcomed.

“I’m really shocked by everyone and all the things that they do. This year is a lot bigger,” Laura said.

Laura said there are good and bad days, but raising this money has made their lives a little easier.

“We actually got a handicap accessible van now instead of having to lift (Sydney) in and out,” Laura said.

The donations are making a difference. Sydney- just learned to say hi and dad this year.

“She loves to give people hi fives to acknowledge them,” Sydney said.

Samantha, despite developing epilepsy less five months ago is a wiz with electronics.

Parents Dennis and Laura said they’re so thankful for the community’s support, which gives them a chance to enjoy the small home runs their girls have each day.


Anybody can play in the tournament. Softball players from all Local Six states took part in the tournament Saturday. The Holderman’s hope money raised this year can help make more improvements on their handicap accessible van.

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