As a passionate softball supporter, Oppenheimer spread his love for the game as a player, a coach, coordinator and sponsor. From the 1980s until he died tragically in 2011 while in Phoenix for a women's softball tournament, he touched the lives of all the people he encountered.
He sponsored several women's and coed teams every season over the course of nearly three decades, paying for everything from uniforms and equipment to tournament travel costs. Among the teams that he supported were the Columbia Stars, Lew's Crew, the Terminators and the Dragons. All he asked for in return was that his players show up early to warm up and then that they went out and played their best.
For Oppenheimer it wasn't just about enjoying the sport, it was about enjoying the people and the time spent together.
It was in 1978 that Roberts first began coaching in the Soccer Association of Columbia, taking over a team that his oldest daughter was playing on that he decided needed better coaching. He's been a fixture in the program every since, leading countless girls and boys recreational level teams. He often coached more than one team each season.
While coaching was his primary focus, Roberts also served as a neighborhood coordinator, the South District recreational coordinator, age-group coordinator and U-15/19 girls recreational coordinator for SAC/HC over the years. One of his goals was always to provide new opportunities for the players.
"Early in SAC's history there was just two levels of play for girls — travel and recreation," Roberts said. "Bill McCormack, Mike Podolny and I started the first girls Recreational Select Program for SAC."
Roberts is currently the second longest-serving, active in coach in the SAC/HC program.
It wasn't long after Weigold joined the Howard County Striders in 1977 that he was doing more than just running in races. He started helping out in any way he could.
Over the years he has volunteered at almost every level in the club, whether it was packet pick-ups, serving as the weekly race director or holding the position of club president.
He was an innovator as well, helping modernize the club with the implementation of a computerized finish-line process. He also organized the Colulmbus Chase 10k races that benefit Howard Community College's Education Foundation, started the 2-mile Columbia Birthday runs and was race director for the first Columbia Triathlon in 1984. He was the race director of the BWI Airport Run/Walk, which benefits the Kennedy Krieger Institute's Down Syndrome Clinic, for 21 years.
Weigold, who now lives in Arizona, is a member of the Striders' Hall of Fame.