Softball Tournament Raises $20,000 for Charity

April 8, 2009

The 26th annual North Grounds Softball Invitational drew law students from around the country to Charlottesville over the weekend, and raised a record amount for a local nonprofit.

Law students present a check to Children, Youth and Family Services.

"We had 112 teams from 46 schools," said tournament co-director Klinton Miyao. "That's a pretty impressive turn-out."

The weekend-long series of softball games, featuring both men's and co-rec divisions, raised $20,000 for Children, Youth and Family Services, a Charlottesville-based nonprofit.

"The North Grounds Softball League donation is the single largest donation they receive from an organization throughout the year," Miyao said.

This year's donation is up from $18,000 raised during last year's tournament. Since CYFS became the primary recipient of the tournament's proceeds 10 years ago, the annual event has raised $106,500 for the organization.

Students also raised $3,000 this year for the Law School's Public Interest Law Association, which funds summer fellowships for students working in public service.

The weekend games were spread out over several Charlottesville fields, and involved teams from all around the state and beyond.

Though both the UVA Men's Gold and Men's Blue teams made it to the semifinal round, Florida Coastal Law School won the men's division.

"They have actually won the co-rec division two years in a row, but this is the first year they've won the men's division," Miyao said.

Appalachian School of Law, from Grundy, Va., took home the co-rec division title. UVA Co-rec Gold reached the semifinals in that division.

"We were disappointed to not bring home a championship this year, but overall it was a successful weekend with respect to the weather and the donation, especially in the down economy," Miyao said.

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