Sunday kickball games proving popular

When George Sneed returned to Augusta, there was a phrase he kept hearing that bothered him.

"People were always saying there's nothing to do in Augusta," he said. "I wanted to nix that."

So, he created the Urban Kickball League of Augusta.

"I moved back here from Texas, and I used to play in a league out there," said Sneed, who is originally from Augusta. "It was something I enjoyed, so I decided to start something here."

For the past two years, he and many others have gathered at a field near Butler High School on Sundays to play kickball.

Six adult teams play regularly, including an Urban Kickball League of Augusta team. Alumni from Augusta high schools make up some of the other teams.

A couple of months ago, Nikki Wimberly played on a team of Lucy C. Laney High School alumni against the Urban Kickball League of Augusta team.

Since then, she and several other members of the team have been regulars at Sunday kickball games, either playing or cheering others on.

At a recent Sunday game, she stood on the sidelines with members of the Urban Kickball League of Augusta team, sharing pointers as they played Team Showtime.

"We've come together like a family," she said. "We may be competitive, and of course, you always want your team to win, but more important than that is how we've come together. We support one another and fellowship with one another."

The way it brings people together has increased interest, Sneed said, adding that at times there are up to 100 participants on Sundays.

"Every Sunday, my phone blows up with people calling about kickball," he said.

"I love it because that was my goal, to get people to come out and have fun on Sunday evenings. One thing people can't say anymore is, 'There's nothing to do in Augusta.' "

Urban Kickball League

When: 6 p.m. Sundays

WHERE: Field next to Butler High School

Cost: Free

Contact: George Sneed at (706) 832-4464