Stockton softball star Tara Barker to be honored posthumously

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GALLOWAY – Stockton Softball Alumni will hold a fundraiser 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 at Tailgaters Bar on the White Horse Pike to honor the memory of Tara Barker – a former teammate who is scheduled to become the first softball player to be entered into the Osprey Hall of Fame.

All proceeds will benefit a trust fund set up in Barker’s name by her parents to establish permanent Tara Barker memorials and scholarships at her high school and at Stockton. 

After a courageous 17-month battle with colon cancer, Tara passed away Aug. 6  at the age of 29. 

Barker is from Moorpark, Calif., and her parents are expected to fly in from there to attend her hall of fame induction.

“From the day of her birth until the very end of her life, Tara was rarely without a smile on her face,” said Brooke Rollman, Stockton’s assistant director for athletics administration. “She was a leader, whether on the softball field or in her profession as a physical therapist.”

According to Rollman, Barker attended Stockton to study physical therapy and play softball.  She received her undergraduate degree in 2006, and in 2008 was the first student ever awarded a doctorate in physical therapy from Stockton. 

“As an undergraduate, Tara was a pitcher and first baseman on the Osprey softball team,” Rollman said. “Her record-breaking softball career has resulted in her induction into the Richard Stockton College Athletic Hall of Fame, with induction ceremonies scheduled for October 4.”

A $20 admission at Tailgaters would include roast beef, pasta, soft drinks and draft beer.  There will also be raffle opportunities. 

To purchase tickets in advance email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Tickets may also be purchased at the door.  

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