33rd Annual Softball Tournament Raises More Than $25,000
UVA Co-Rec Gold won the division championship game Sunday at the 33rd annual North Grounds Softball League Invitational.
Despite the cool and windy weather, more than 1,300 students and alumni from around the country gathered at the University of Virginia School of Law for the tournament.
The event raised $20,000 for the local nonprofit organization ReadyKids, which provides early learning education services and counseling to disadvantaged or at-risk children, and more than $5,000 for the UVA Public Interest Law Association, which funds students working in public service jobs over the summer.
“Not only does the tournament bring together over a thousand law students from across the country year after year, but it also consistently generates upwards of $20,000 for different local charities,” said third-year law student Nick Duvall, head commissioner of the NGSL. “All of that could not be accomplished without the support of the entire Charlottesville community, and our continued success is indicative of the culture at the law school.”
Incoming dean and professor Risa Golubuff made an appearance on the field Friday evening, throwing the first pitch of the tournament at a game between UVA Co-Rec Orange and Georgetown University Law Center.
The invitational was organized in an NCAA-type bracket with 113 teams from 52 schools, two divisions, two championship games and one weekend full of cheering and home runs. UVA Co-Rec Gold winning the championship 10-5 against Florida Coastal was the highlight of the weekend, Duvall said, as it had been a number of years since UVA won co-rec bracket, which had more than 80 teams competing this year.
Several teams traveled from as far away as Florida, Georgia, Maine and Ohio. The team from Ave Maria Law School, located in southern Florida, was the furthest to travel to Charlottesville and won the regular division championship 15-14 against UVA Gray, an alumni team comprised of members of the class of 1998.
“I had the unique opportunity to watch my brother, Tyler Duvall, play in the tournament this year as well,” Duvall said. “He is captain of UVA Gray (and) I was the bat boy for that team when they won the championship in 1998. It was great to see them almost recapture the title.”