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Daday, Eileen O., Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Eileen O. Daday Daily Herald Correspondent
Terry Moran of Rolling Meadows made a name for himself playing softball.
Though a car accident last year claimed his life at the age of 36, his name lived on Saturday at a softball tournament formed in his memory.
Now called the Rolling Meadows Family Day, the second annual festival took place at Kimball Hill Park in Rolling Meadows. Organizers, including Moran's widow Cathy, his siblings, cousins and friends, expected more than 4,000 residents to turn out for the one-day event.
"It's still overwhelming. I can't believe it's all in my husband's name," said Cathy Moran, now a resident of Palatine, who greeted residents with her 3-year-old son Patrick. "It's just kind of snowballed. Last year we thought we were organizing a softball tournament and family picnic. But with so many sponsors stepping forward, it's taken on a life of its own."
The festival opened in traditional manner, with three levels of adult softball competition, involving 35 teams from across the Northwest suburbs.
Moran, a 1985 graduate of Rolling Meadows High School, played softball three nights a week and on weekends in the highest men's division. He met his wife Cathy at the national softball tournament, which he played in every year.
"There are other softball tournaments going on this weekend, but everybody wants to be here," said Gene Grochowski of Wheeling, who played with the March Manufacturing team in the tournament. "There's a lot of camaraderie among softball players."
Beyond the softball games, local families took part in hay rides, a fishing derby, a duck race and other games, as well as enjoyed the food booths and beer garden. A disc jockey spun records during the day, while live bands entertained the crowd at night. …