In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Central Iowa Sports hosted a Pink Out Tournament the first weekend of October. A few years ago, they were looking for some way to help connect with the community and not only bring awareness to, but also support an organization with this event. This was the fourth year, and the event has grown significantly since being started. This year was the largest yet, 262 teams competed age’s ranging from 8U to 18U.
This event creates an atmosphere that brings people together for a cause that affects so many families, the event honors those who are fighting cancer, as well as their loved ones fighting with them. The Pink Out Tournament provides the opportunity for individuals currently fighting to engages with those who have fought their own battle with cancer, this helps motivate them to not give up and keep going. All T-shirt sales proceeds were donated to Can Do Cancer, a local organization that helps women currently in chemo with housework and meals. The organization pairs the current cancer fighter with an individual who has been experienced and overcome their own fight. This allows for a support network who has experienced the tribulations they will or currently are encountering with the disease.
Our USSSA teams value this event because they are able to have their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, or players interact within the tournament. This is done through a first pitch at each of their games to honor someone who has encountered cancer of some sort, the individual who partakes in the first pitch receives a pink softball in support of Octobers Breast Cancer awareness month. Many teams have their players sign the softball. This year, the event had 7 survivors throwing out a first pitch. The unity amongst the community from athletes to umpires to families is second to none when speaking upon bringing people together. Kelly Thorne, Pink Out tournament director, said “This event is a good reminder to all that there are somethings more important than softball, however softball can bring together a community for a cause and goal in mind when competing”.
We want to send out a special Thank You to Kelly Thorne and her staff for going above and beyond hosting tournaments with a cause. If your team would like more information regarding the Pink Out Tournament, please email email@example.com.