In his first season as sponsor of a major softball team, his 1970 Schaefer & Smith Insurance team won the World championship of the International Softball Congress. In nine years as a sponsor, his teams competed in eight national tournaments and was runner-up in 1977. Most active sponsor in Arizona, his teams include the Westerners of the Copperstate Women’s Softball League, 50 youth teams in softball, Little League baseball, soccer and basketball. He was chairman and director of the two most financially successful world softball tournaments in history of the ISC. His service to sports earned him the Arizona Softball Foundation’s Man of the Year Award in 1977 as well as the Phoenix Press Box Association’s tribute as Arizona Sports Personality of 1977.