It is called the Eddie Dean Foundation for Kids.
It is something Tabitha Fisher has wanted to do for a long time.
“It’s been on my heart and mind for years,” she said.
Fisher organized the local charity to help kids who want to play sports, but cannot afford to pay fees, or equipment.
“I think sports teach kids a lot they will use in life, and on in their career,” Fisher said. “Teamwork, dedication, leadership and loyalty just to name a few. So many kids do not have the chance to play sporting events because their parents cannot afford it. It breaks my heart.”
Fisher said the foundation would take sporting equipment and give it to kids who don’t have it. New or used baseball bats, gloves, balls, bags, cleats, pants, etc.
“People can also sponsor a child to participate in his/her chosen sport,” she said.
Eddie Dean was Elisha Tipton’s dad, who was a veteran and died in 2011.
“I used his name to honor my best friend, Elisha,” Fisher said. “Dean was a firm believer in sports. He paid for all his grandchildren to participate in sports. He pushed his daughter to excel in basketball. He was qualified to do gymnastics in the 1964 Olympics, but his family could not afford the expenses for him to travel to participate. This charity today, in his memory, pays for youth sports and school sports.”
Fisher is president of the foundation while Tipton is treasurer.
Fisher has a Facebook page under the name Author TJ Milam and a Facebook page for the Eddie Dean foundation for Kids.
And her publishers are in the process of making her website where people can preorder copies of her new book “The Chosen.”
“I will donate a percentage of my quarterly earnings from this book to the charity,” Fisher said.