Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame


Softball Legends Set Sights On Parkinson's Support

Former Morden residents Roy and Evelyne Holenski are well-known in the baseball world (both are in the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame) but have now been recognized for their support of Parkinson Canada.

For the Holenskis both passions would become intertwined after meeting Karen Doell in the early 1980's.

The Holenskis scouted Doell, a high school student at the time, to be part of the junior national softball championship team. It was the start of a coaching relationship that lasted more than two decades and three national championships.

Doell would go on to play in the Olympics as well.

"I don't know how many people can say they were coached by the same people for 20 years, it's pretty cool," Doell says.

"I've often considered them to be like my second parents... I know my life wouldn't be the same without having met them."

Doell recounts the day she gave them their news she had been diagnosed with the chronic neurological disease, Parkinson's.

"I remember going to the ball diamond to share that news with them, and ever since then they've been behind me, again still 100 percent," Doell says.

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