Taking Action for You: Girls' softball team gets major league surprise
Star athlete comes to the rescue
11:56 PM, Jan 2, 2014
11:57 PM, Jan 2, 2014
America's past time taught some 12 year olds hard work pays off, there's no "I" in team and come game time, winners need to look the part.
To pay for $2000 worth of new game uniforms, the Mulberry Lady Panthers sold hair bows, held bake sales and spent Saturdays washing cars.
They ordered jerseys and pants from Sports 55 in Maryland.
Months later, team mom Teresa Asbury claims they wound up with a partial order and some of what was delivered was the wrong size. That was the story we aired in September, but that wasn't the end.
After hearing about their story, Nike came forward and hit a home run for the team. The company delivered two sets of custom uniforms and high end cleats-- about $4,000 worth to cover every player on the team.
It may have been Nike's generosity that made the new uniforms possible, but it was Pittsburg Pirate stand out Andrew McCutchen who gave Nike the idea to help this team.
McCutchen has deep roots in Polk county. He grew up playing baseball in Polk county.
In 2012, he finished third in votes for the National League MVP. But more important to the Mulberry Lady Panthers, McCutchen believes in paying it forward.
He's returned home in past years to host ball camps for kids.
The Pirates 2012 MVP saw our story and stepped out of the spotlight to help replace what they'd lost.
McCuthcen did not want to appear on camera for this story, choosing instead to let the light shine on the girls.
But he did tell us in a statement. "It's the right thing to do. These girls are supposed to be on the field having fun, not worrying about if they can play or not because they don't have uniforms."