SRS softball tournament nets $19,500 for United Way charities

Brandon Watkins awaits a pitch as Keanne Boyette catches and Fred Dohse umpires in a game during the 13th annual Savannah River Site Softball Tournament.

Savannah River Site employees and members of the community competed in the 13th annual SRS Softball Tournament, a tradition that benefits the United Way and draws hundreds of volunteers, players and spectators.

 

SRS raised over $19,500 as a result of the teams’ fundraising efforts this year, topping last year’s $19,000 high water mark. Concession stand sales were also counted, thanks to a joint effort among volunteers from Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, United Way of the CSRA and United Way of Aiken County.

“We are so appreciative of the employees at SRS who support special events like this. This tournament not only raises awareness of the important work United Way does, but it also illustrates how our slogan ‘Live United’ is about people of all ages and backgrounds coming together to make an impact for others,” said La Verne Gold, president of United Way of the CSRA .

“Every summer, I look forward to this tournament because it provides an opportunity for friends and family to spend a few evenings together cheering for their team, and it raises much-needed funds for our partner agencies which focus on education, financial stability, health and assistance in crisis. We are truly humbled by this outpouring of generosity,” said Sharon Rodgers, United Way of Aiken County president.

Two major contractors from SRS participated in the tournament, which included 15 teams between SRNS and Savannah River Remediation. SRNS Environmental Management Operation and SRR Avengers made it to the final round. The SRNS team, which sponsored Area Churches Together Serving, defeated the SRR Avengers team 17-2.

Prior to the event at Citizens Park in Aiken , SRS employee “owners” raised money for their team, so they could then be eligible to “buy” players, ranging from $20 to $350, depending on skill level. Then, each team earned money toward their designated United Way agency based on how their team finished in the tournament.

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