Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Softball Tournament to Raise Cancer Awareness

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Softball Tournament to Raise Cancer Awareness

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The Newburgh Girls Softball League hopes to celebrate Independence Day by striking out cancer during this years' Susan G. Komen tournament. With more than 30 teams currently signed up - and 10 to 15 more that should be registering in the weeks leading up to the tournament - there will be girls representing a chunk of the Tri-State, from ages 7 to 16.

The tournament is from July 3 to 6, with a silent auction. League President T. J. Craig said each Newburgh travel team that participates puts together a basket - from barbecue and beach- themed baskets, to movie nights and snack baskets. The teams donate items to submit for the auction. Craig said the league has also asked businesses to donate items for the auction.

And if you're looking to watch some good softball, Craig said this tournament is the perfect place for that.

"There's some very good teams that are not only Newburgh teams, but there's some very good teams from around the area that will be there in the tournament," Craig said. "Aside from just good softball, I think it's a fun event to be a part of."

The Newburgh travel league had two teams finish second place in their respective state tournament divisions, he said.

He said there will be games and activities for children, like inflatable bounce houses, as well as concessions. There will be a movie night and fireworks on July 4. There will also be breast cancer survivors who will throw the first pitch on each of the six ball fields at the tournament.

"We just try to make it an event that you can come out, and enjoy some softball and fun," he said. "There will be bounce houses and things like that. We try to make it a fun weekend, whether you're there for the softball or not."

Last year Craig said 43 teams participated, and he hopes to have more this year.

Jenny Parker, the tournament director, said the league has sponsored the Komen tournament for the past two years and has raised $14,000 - with $8,000 of that from last year alone. …

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