Softball tournament benefit for cancer treatment/research

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May 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Boyer Valley Optimist Club in conjunction with the American Cancer Society is stepping up to the plate this weekend to end the fight against cancer. The Boyer Valley Athletic Complex in Dunlap is hosting a double elimination softball tournament along with a kids and adult home run derby and kids activities. The Optimist Club says there are a few spots open for teams to get registered for the softball tournament. The cost is $100 per team with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.

Connie Elder, a member of the Boyer Valley Optimist Club, says a Boyer Valley student is the inspiration for the event. She says Brayden Shumate and his uncle came up with the idea after the young man was diagnosed with cancer. The Softball Tournament starts at 9-am Saturday with an opening ceremony followed by the 1st game around 9:10. During the entire tournament, there will be a youth home run derby at 10 and again at 1pm, kid’s activities from 11 to 4, a Family Norwegian baseball game at 2pm and an Adult home run derby from 5 to 7pm. The Softball Championship game will be held at 7pm.

Elder says club wanted to do something to show how cancer has affected the Dunlap community. She said several people in Dunlap have been affected by cancer. A banner with pictures of those who have been affected by or died from cancer in the community or their family members will be viewable at the event.

If you would like more information on the Boyer Valley Optimist Club and American Cancer Society softball tournament, contact Eric Shumate at 712-592-9649.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)