Pardon Tim Gansrow if he is consumed with the concept of having healthy and active Americans help brave and injured military personnel.
Gansrow is a retired FBI task force commander who was working for the New York City Police Department when he was a first responder at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. His son is enrolled at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Gansrow also is the owner of Pro Performance Athletics in Mount Pleasant, where baseball and softball instruction are part of the business model.
Hosting a coed softball tournament to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project has become Gansrow's summer passion. He is spreading the word to sign up teams for a tournament the weekend of Aug. 8-10 at the Jones Center in Mount Pleasant.
Donations have been coming in, but Gansrow wants more participants.
Goal: $50,000 for Wounded Warriors.
"I hope this is the tip of the iceberg," said Gansrow, a 44-year-old Brooklyn native. "I would love for this to be an annual event that grows and grows."
The softball tournament will include adult and youth home run derbies, a barbecue, jump castles, dunk tanks, a silent auction, and baseball and softball clinics. A trophy is in the works.
"Hopefully, something like a Stanley Cup," Gansrow said.
For more information or to make donations, contact Gansrow at 843 388-4673, 347-538-3510 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gansrow is reaching out across the Lowcountry and beyond in an effort to reach organized teams or people looking for a weekend of softball fun.
"Competition always drives people," Gansrow said.
Aug. 6 is the final day to register.
"I started my business to help kids in the community, and now to have a chance to help with a charity like Wounded Warriors is just a very special thing," Gansrow said, "not just to me but to so many people."
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