UNION COUNTY — Law enforcement personnel and first responders will battle it out in a “Battle of the Badges” the benefit of the Miracle League of Union County’s “All-Inclusive Playground.”
The softball tournament,which will be held Sept. 17 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Timken Sports Complex will, according a flyer publicizing the event have “local law enforcement and first responders battle it out on the softball field to see who is the best physically conditioned first responder.” It further states that “any county law enforcement or first responders may enter a team.”
Any members of law enforcement or first responders who want to play in the tournament are asked to call Brandon Vaughan at 864-466-6639 or Kenneth Black at 864-251-0680 by Sept. 5 to register. The team entry fee is $100.
In addition, the flyer states that anyone interested in sponsoring the event should call Vaughan or Black at the listed numbers.
Another feature of the tournament will be first responder vehicles that will be on site for children to enjoy.
But even when the best physically conditioned responders have been determined on the field, that will not be the end of the tournament.
The flier states that “the Miracle League of Union County Major Players will compete against the tournament winners. The losing team will be buddies for the MLUC Major Players.”
In addition to determining who is the most physically fit among law enforcement personnel and first responders, Battle of the Badges is also being held as a fundraiser for the MLUC’s All-Inclusive Playground.
The playground, which will be built at the Timken Sports Complex, will be designed to enable children and adults with disabilities and their families to enjoy activities that others take for granted. The MLUC has been working to raise $350,000 for the construction of the playground. Those efforts will continue with the tournament where donations will be collected at the gate to toward the cost of the playground’s construction.
Other donations may be mailed to the Miracle League of Union County, PO Box 425, Union, SC 29379. All donations should be marked “Battle of the Badges.”
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.