Texas Sports Reach was founded in 1998 by Eddie Anderson. Texas Sports Reach is affiliated with Sports Reach based in Kentucky but is incorporated separately and operates with it's own leadership and Board of Directors.
Yes. Texas Sports Reach will send you a receipt, at the calendar year end, so you can write off your donation(s) on your federal tax return.
Most of our members are referred to us by word of mouth from current or former members. We have also had people join from seeing us at secular sporting events. Participation is open to anyone regardless if you play sports. On most trips we have non-softball playing members who participate because they have a true conviction to share the Gospel with inmates. These members share in the crowd throughout the day while the softball games are being played. This allows more people to be reached and hear the Gospel and is a vital part of this ministry. We also take musicians along that sing and play praise songs. We also use people behind the scenes to help grade Bible Studies and help with administration.
Currently Texas Sports Reach focuses on slow pitch softball. We also have contacts with other prison ministries in Texas and Louisiana that play basketball.
Texas Sports Reach currently travels regularly in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Colorado. We hope to continue to expand our reach as God opens new doors. The National Sports Reach Network has a presence in most southeastern states as well as Illinois and Nevada. They also sponsor several international sports mission trips each year.
Texas Sports Reach is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. It relies on financial contributions from individuals, businesses and churches. The finances are under the direction of the Board of Directors. If you are interested in making a tax-deductible donation please visit our Donations Page.
A "rule of thumb" is that a player needs to be at least a good D level or average C level or above for slow-pitch softball. These skill levels are based on competitive tournament play and not leagues. If you still have questions about this please contact us.
Our season typically starts in March and goes through late October. We play no less than once each month and also go on a mission trip each year. You can view our Volunteer Opportunities or contact us for more specifics.
We are from all different churches and have different religious backgrounds. However, all of our players are required to agree on our Statement of Belief. There are teachings that we consider essential to the Christian faith, and each player must be in agreement on those teachings.
We are a ministry committed to showing the love of Jesus Christ, sharing His Gospel and making disciples through sports related activities. The primary audiences will be inmates in both state and federal prison systems and individuals at secular sporting events.
The purpose of Texas Sports Reach is to use sports as an evangelistic tool to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and make disciples through individual and group evangelism.