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Estherville P&R receives Berghefer grant

Funds will provide infielder masks for Little League

By Staff | Apr 29, 2021

The inspirational legacy of the late Elaine Berghefer, longtime educator in Estherville, lives on through her lifelong commitment to the enrichment of children and her love for sports.

Through the Berghefer Mission and Ministry Endowment Fund, Trinity Lutheran Church oversees and selects worthy recipients who have met the specifics of the grant application.

This year, the Estherville Park & Recreation Department is a recipient of $580 grant for the sole purpose of purchasing 20 new infielders’ masks for the Senior League Softball Program.

“On behalf of the Estherville Park & Recreation Department, I want to express our appreciation on the acceptance of our grant application. This award will go a long way to provide enjoyment as well as a good measure of safety as our young women participate in sports at the ballfields,” said City of Estherville Administrator Penny Clayton.

These funds will be used to purchase protective facemasks for the girls’ senior league softball teams. “Usually there are four teams and each team will acquire five helmets,” Clayton explained.

This monetary gift will help bolster Park & Rec’s goals.

“A new requirement was added this year. Our senior league softball players who play in the infield must wear safety facemasks to protect them from being hit in the face with flying balls. The award from the Berghefer Mission and Ministry Endowment Fund will allow the department to make the purchase,” Clayton said, adding that this equipment would be managed by the coaches during the season and would be stowed away by city personnel in the offseason.

Mrs. Berghefer considered all of her students her “children.” She made a point to stay informed about their lives as she had the privilege of teaching more than one generation of various local families. At the end of the school day, she would serve as a scorekeeper for basketball games and chaperone for the junior varsity girls’ basketball team. Thanks to the caring spirit of Mrs. Berghefer and her legacy, her ­love for sports and children lives on.