Area athletes will try their best to hit it out of the park on Saturday, in a coed softball tournament at Hannibal Park hosted by the Beatrice Special Olympics. All proceeds will be used to send the Team Nebraska athletes and their coach to Orlando, Florida, to participate in the 2022 USA Games next June.
Bill Campion, the head coach of the Beatrice Special Olympics, explained that three athletes are from the Beatrice community, and one is from the Omaha area. Those athletes are Tyler Reiman, Tiffany Campion, Greg Campion and Shea Delainey.
“Seven teams signed up to play in the tournament,” Campion said. “There will also be a homerun contest. They’ll buy arm bands, and they’ll get to hit as many homeruns as they want. The most home runs gets a trophy. And we also made something for another competition for the females, just because there aren’t too many that can hit homeruns over a regulation fence, so we’re looking to make it a home plate queen. In order to make it into the contest, they’d have to buy an armband also.”
The games start Saturday morning.
Campion said there are trophies for the homerun and home plate competitions, as well as for the first and second place teams in the divisions. The entry fee is $250 per team and $10 per arm band, and Campion said people can enter until 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 24, by contacting him at 402-239-9590.
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Campion said there will be concessions from Back Alley Eatery available during the tournament, as well as a bake sale benefitting Team Nebraska at Indian Creek Mall, located at 2205 North Sixth Street. He said this is the first softball tournament they’ve held, and based on Saturday’s participation, they may hold a men’s tournament in September.
“Just come out, have fun and enjoy the festivities,” Campion said.