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 Date: June 11, 2009 Contact:  Paula Cobler, 361-570-4350

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Community softball tournament to raise scholarship dollars for UHV


 

Itís a Saturday of co-ed softball to raise scholarships funds for students in need.

 

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The University of Houston-Victoria Letting Education Achieve Dreams, or LEAD, program is looking for participants and sponsors for the first Achieving Your Dreams Softball Tournament at 9:30 a.m. July 18 at the Victoria Adult Softball Complex, 510 Proctor St.

 

“This is a great way to raise scholarship funds and promote higher education in the community,” said Billy Lagal, LEAD community college program coordinator and softball tournament organizer. “Itís a really fun way to get everyone involved.”

 

All proceeds from the event will go to fund UHV scholarships for first-generation college students and those belonging to groups underrepresented in higher education, such as minorities and nontraditional students, he said.

 

Each team will be charged a $100 entry fee, plus a $10 per-game umpire fee. The tournament is open to 12 teams of 12 or more players each who will compete in a round-robin format. Each team will play five times during the day. Teams are encouraged to register by June 26.

 

The tournament winners will receive individual trophies and a larger traveling trophy. All participants will receive two limited-edition event T-shirts.

 

LEAD also is raffling off several items in a winner-takes-all drawing.

 

The prize pool, valued at about $600 so far, includes 16 free games at Century Lanes, a $75 gift card to T&T Tacos, a $50 gift card to Long Leaf Coffee Co. and a Samsung Rugby phone from VCS. Tickets will be on sale at the games for $1 each or $5 for six. They also can be purchased at the LEAD office in Room 120 of UHV University West, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St. The drawing will be held at noon on game day, and the winner does not have to be present.

 

“Local businesses have been very generous so far,” Lagal said. “We welcome any assistance anyone in the community can offer us.”

 

Local firms also can support the scholarship campaign by buying ads in the tournament program with prices ranging from $25 to $100. Additional sponsorship packages are available ranging from $20 to $1,000.

 

“Our goal is to raise about $4,500 to $5,000 in scholarships to help students achieve their dreams through education,” Lagal said. “We hope to see a huge crowd show up to watch the games and be part of the fun.”

 

LEAD hopes to make the event an annual affair.

 

For more information about the tournament, to register a team or become a supporter, contact Lagal or call 361-570-4865

 

 

 

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region, offers courses leading to more than 65 bachelorís and masterís degree programs and concentrations in the schools of Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Education & Human Development, and Nursing. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus as well as teaching sites in Fort Bend, Harris and Montgomery counties, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. Since its founding in 1973, UHV has provided students with a quality university education from excellent faculty at an affordable price.