Softball Teams Compete for Special Olympics Dollars

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DU QUOIN -- Softball players from Illinois, Kentucky, and Missouri gathered in Du Quoin Saturday for a tournament with a special cause. 28 traveling softball teams are competing in the 5th annual Southern Illinois Winter Indoor Fast Pitch Softball Tournament this weekend.

All of the proceeds benefit the Special Olympics. It will allow the program to serve more athletes and offer free competitions. Over the last four years, this tournament has raised nearly $200,000, which is why organizers say they keep it going every year.
 
"I have a daughter that has Down Syndrome and I want her to be able to play ball just like any other child. So I thought this was a great way to get Special Olympics to get the word out there and have other kids have the opportunities that other kids do," says event organizer Bill Ashbury.
 
The games began Friday night and will continue to run through Sunday evening. Each team will be playing a minimum of three games in this double elimination tournament. 
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