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United Way hosts benefit softball tournament

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

The United Way held its second annual Batting for a Better Tomorrow softball tournament on Saturday.

A tournament organizer, Julie Matthews, said local teams along with out-of-state ballplayers came to play for the love of the game but also to help the organization that gives to people in need.

“Our goals for the tournament are to improve every year,” Matthews said. “We want to get more teams involved to get more people to know about United Way.”

All the ticket and t-shirt sales will go toward more than 20 programs the organization helps fund throughout the year.

Some of those programs include food pantries, child advocacy programs, shelter programs, disaster services and much more.

Last year, 11 teams participated in the one-day tournament and this year they had 15 teams competing.

Shania Montgomery is another one of the tournament organizers. She said she has a daughter that plays softball.

Because of that, this tournament inspired her to help the ballplayers better understand what United Way does for the community.

“They can do something they love and support their community at the same time and know that those two things can go hand-in-hand and get the idea of volunteering and helping your community at an early age,” Montgomery said. “I think we've been able to get that message across to a lot of the girls.”

Each coach received a packet including a fast facts sheet that included information about each program United Way helps fund.

Organizers hope the players, coaches, and parents can become more educated and hopefully spread the word about the organization. 

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