Batters up to benefit local National GuardPublished 9:02am Saturday, September 8, 2012
By Laura Pemberton, Outlook Staff Writer
The 214th Military Police Company is getting set to play ball.
The company will hold a coed softball tournament Friday, Sept. 14 at the Sportplex softball fields.
“We wanted a chance to interact with the public,” Staff Sgt. Chris Harris said. “We’re the local National Guard so we’re out there helping out in a natural disaster, and we wanted people to see the civilian side of us. Sometimes people think the military is hard and intimidating, but we want people to know we’re just like them.”
Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Family Readiness Group, which finances the unit’s family Christmas event held in December.
“The money to fund that event usually comes out of the pocket of soldiers,” Harris said.
The Christmas event benefits the families of soldiers, with Santa Claus paying a visit for the children.
Registration for the tournament is $200 for a 10-15 person team. Sponsors and donations are also welcome. Prizes – ranging from a $50 WalMart gift card to Alabama football autographed by Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson – will raffled off, and the concession stand will be open.
Tournament games will begin at 6 p.m., and the double elimination tournament will end that night.
To register or donate, call Staff Sgt. Henry Dassaro at 256-392-2312 or Spc. Phillip Moore at 423-530-7220.