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Georgetown College softball began finding ways to reach out before even returning to school. The Tigers, dedicated in their community service, helped run the Special Olympics Regional Softball Tournament hosted in Georgetown.
The student-athletes stepped behind the scenes to do scorekeeping, announcing, field work and run any errands needed by the tournament officials.
"My team loves doing this every year," said GC coach Thomas Thornton. "It is a weekend they all look forward to. It is long hours on a summer weekend, but that sacrifice isn't even a thought for these young women."
The weekend before most were set to return, Aug. 12-13, GC student-athletes were at Marshall Park and their very own Tiger Softball Complex making this tournament run like a well-oiled machine.
This is just the first of several projects set for the fall. Saturday is a daylong event to help honor and remember Vernon Bibb, longtime coach, pitching instructor and Kentucky Prep Softball board member.
The Tigers have organized six teams to play games all day long at Tiger Softball Complex and Marshall Park. The monies raised from the Vernon Bibb Memorial Tournament go to support the scholarship in Bibb's name as well as supporting the Susan G. Komen foundation.
"Right now we should have enough to cover the scholarship and give $500 to the Susan G. Komen fund," Thornton said. "It is another big task, but one close to all of our hearts. Vernon played a big role in helping progress softball in this area and make it what we enjoy today."
Georgetown kicks it off with a battle against Midway University and then closes it out with a showdown against Centre College. The full tournament schedule is here.
Then, in October, the Tigers are helping Strike Out Cancer, raising money for cancer research and cure. The team will host a game day where concessions, T-shirt sales and the gate will all go to cancer research. Thornton has been taking pre-sale shirt orders and as of this moment that total is closing in on $1,200.
The team also uses its time at football games where they work gate and seating to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity.
"It's important to all these players to do these types of projects," Thornton said. "They appreciate what Georgetown means to them and they want to help and give back as much as they can. It's an honor to be around a group so driven to make a difference."