Longmont Softball Club Holding First Cornhole Tournament Fundraiser Sunday

September 29, 2018

Riley Bowman, 11, practices on the infield with the Elite-X competitive softball team at Sandstone Ranch Park on Friday.

If you go

What: Community cornhole tournament

When: noon Sunday

Where: The Wild Game, 2251 Ken Pratt Blvd., Longmont

Cost: Entry is free to the public

Elite-X Softball Club will hold its first cornhole tournament fundraiser on Sunday at The Wild Game.

While people involved in the three-year-old girls’ club are hoping that the tournament brings in money for scholarships and equipment, they are also to interact with the Longmont community.

Jim Graham, president and one of the founders of Elite-X, said that he and fellow parent Luke Deide started the girls softball club because there was a lack of opportunities in the Longmont area to play outside of high school.

Graham said that most of the girls who earn college scholarships for softball play in a private club because it affords more play time in front of recruiters across the country.

“Most competitive playing happens outside of high school and outside of the school system entirely,” Graham said. “Many of the opportunities in college come through being part of a club team because the exposure is far greater than what a high school can do. We travel the country and state play against high-profile teams.”

Graham added that Elite-X emphasized teaching life lessons through softball for girls that range in age from 12 to 16 years old.

The cornhole tournament starts at noon Sunday at The Wild Game, 2251 Ken Pratt Blvd., Longmont.

Andrea Gonzales, the fundraising coordinator for Elite-X, said the teams vying for a $250 first prize are already full, but there will be plenty of other fundraising and community-building opportunities at the tournament.

Door prize tickets are $5, cash only, for a chance to win one of 10 Discover Longmont tours. Door prize ticket purchasers get a free gift — either a Breckenridge beer, a four-hour arcade pass or a free bowling pass.

There will also be a 50/50 donation drawing. Tickets are $1 and at the end of the cornhole tournament, the person with the ticket that is drawn gets half of the total amount donated and Elite-X gets the other half.

A silent auction will be held throughout the tournament with items like a football autographed by Terrell Davis, Grossen Bart Brewery merchandise and other prizes.

Weather permitting, the tournament will be held outdoors, so people who plan to come should bring lawn chairs or blankets. There will be face painting for kids and The Wild Game will have a discounted buffet available for people there for the tournament.

Gonzales said that every dollar donated will go back to either Elite-X or to the softball players themselves, for club fees.

“What we get, we’re putting together a couple of scholarship opportunities as well as getting new equipment for practices,” she said.

“We want to make sure the girls understand how to be present in the community and help others, especially those who can’t really afford to be in a team sport where you learn camaraderie and sportsmanship. Competitive sports can be very expensive.”

Karen Antonacci: 303-684-5226, antonaccik@times-call.com or twitter.com/ktonacci

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