There is a co-ed softball tournament this Saturday at the Don Owen Sports Complex to help an injured soldier.
Cpl. Brad Jackson, who serves with the 39th Infantry, suffered a shoulder injury and busted his knee while serving on his first tour of duty to Afghanistan.
He is married and has three children. All of the proceeds of the tournament will go to Jackson.
"He is definitely deserving of this," co-tournament director Blaine Lack said. "We put on a tournament like this last year for another soldier who loves the game of softball. It was such a success last year that we wanted to do something like this again, so when Jackson’s name and his situation came up, then we wanted to honor that, and figured this was the perfect time to do so."
Last year, Lack said the tournament had seven teams that raised more than $1,400, all of which went to the injured soldier.
"Our first tournament went so well that we decided to continue to do this each year to help out a soldier and his family," co-tournament director Joetta Williamson said in a statement. "Everyone knew we were out there to have fun and raise money for a good cause. So let’s all get together and have fun and do it for a great cause, and show a soldier that there are people out there that greatly appreciate the sacrifices that our military and their families make for us. We also encourage the local businesses to get involved by making donations of some kind."
Many businesses have already joined in to give donations, including Greenbrier Supercenter, Taco Bell, Big Star in Mayflower, Sonic in Greenbrier and Conway, Southern T’s and Kroger.
"We really thank the city for donating the three fields so we can put on this event," Lack said. "It’s going to be a nice day for the families to come out and enjoy. We’re going to have tents set up to sell different items. We’re also going to have a big bouncer for the kids. We just thank everyone that has already shown support for our troops."
The entry fee was $125 per team, and United States Specialty Sports Association rules apply for the tournament.
Lack said the committee is accepting no more than 12 teams. At the last call on Wednesday there were eight teams entered, three of which were upper division and five were lower division. There will be T-shirts, trophies and plaques given to the two teams that finish first and second in each division. T-Shirts are going to be $10, $12 and $13 for the public depending on size. To place an order or to enter the tournament, call Lack at 269-0266 or Williamson at 328-3723. Orders will also be taken at the fields. The last day to register a team is today.