Northwest Florida's softball community is coming together to remember one of their own and raise money for the family of Josh Feltner, who passed away suddenly last month.
The Josh Feltner Memorial Softball Tournament will start at 9 a.m. Saturday at Morgan Sports Center. The one-day coed softball tournament will begin play at 9 a.m., with each team guaranteed three games.
“It’s for family, friends and kids,” said tournament director Brandon Wilson.
As of Monday morning, Wilson had 14 teams registered and ready to go and is hoping to add a couple of more before play starts Saturday.
The coed tournament was planned to help raise funds for Feltner's two young children, Hunter, 10, and Liam, 1. Feltner passed away at the age of 36 from complications after having a stent implanted.
“We all knew Josh,” Wilson said, noting that he had just played in a tournament with Josh just days before his death.
Josh Feltner and his identical twin Joe headed up a coed softball team 2 Brothers Remodeling that was a regular part of the Coed Softball League at Morgan Sports Center.
“Softball is a family … it’s a community,” Wilson said, who works for the city of Destin’s recreation department and heads up the softball leagues at Morgans.
“Everybody is jumping on board for the tournament,” Wilson said.
Not only will there be games going on all day, but there will be raffles and T-shirts for sale.
Wilson said folks have donated bats and cases of softball as well as some of Josh’s personal softball equipment to be raffled off.
Even the plaques and T-shirts for the winners of the tournament have been donated, Wilson said.
“It’s going to be a fun time,” he said.
So far there are teams from Destin, Niceville, Fort Walton Beach and Pensacola that will be participating.
Three of the teams participating are shoot offs from the 2 Brothers team, which will be called Team Josh, Team Hunter and Team Liam.
Not only was Wilson friends with Josh, but he has experienced some of the same kind of heart problems in the past.
“I’ve had that (stent to the heart) procedure done three times … and I was spared. It all really hit home with me,” Wilson said, noting he has a son and another one on the way. “So we want folks to come out and support the cause.”
When it is all said and done, Wilson hopes to have raised $2,000 to $3000 for the children that will go into an account set up at Regions Bank.