Valdosta Daily Times

April 12, 2013

Battle of the Border this weekend at Freedom Park

Ed Hooper
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — The Battle of the Border softball tournament will be held this weekend at Freedom Park in Valdosta.

The weekend of softball will benefit the Down Syndrome Association of South Georgia, which helps bring awareness and relief to families that have children and adults with Down Syndrome.  

Twenty teams will participate in the tournament, which begins Saturday morning at Freedom Park in Valdosta.

The championship game of the tournament will be held Saturday night at 9:30 p.m.

The annual event begins tonight with the playing of a home run derby and charity game that will feature members of the Valdosta Fire Department playing at Freedom Park. Select members of the Valdosta Police Department will also play in the game.

This year’s event marks the 17th year of the tournament, which features teams from throughout North Florida and South Georgia competing in a double-elimination tournament.

Each year, tournament organizers find an organization to help support, and donate all the proceeds from the event to that organization.

Since the start of the tournament, organizers believe they’ve raised close to $150,000 for several different organizations throughout South Georgia, and the economic impact of the tournament has been in the millions.

Although Florida teams have dominated the tournament over the history, a team from the Peach State won the tournament in 2010, before the tournament went on a hiatus in 2011. When the tournament was held last July, another Peach State team earned the bragging rights for a year.