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Posted April 5, 2011

Softball Tournament Raises $23,000, Draws Teams From Across Country

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The UVA Gold team won the men's division.

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The 28th annual North Grounds Softball Invitational drew 120 teams from 52 law schools to Charlottesville over the weekend and raised $20,000 for a local nonprofit.

“I think we had a great weekend,” said tournament co-director Suzanne Bradley. “We had great participation, all the teams seemed to have a really good time and we were able to raise the same amount of money for Children, Youth and Family Services as last year, which was our main fundraising goal.”

In addition to the $20,000 for CYFS, the tournament yielded $3,000 for the Public Interest Law Association to fund grants for students working in public service jobs during the summer.

About 1,500 law students from 20 states and the District of Columbia participated in the weekend-long tournament, which included games on playing fields in parks and schools throughout UVA and the Charlottesville area.

“We grabbed pretty much every softball field in the area for the weekend,” Bradley said.

In the men’s division, the Law School’s UVA Gold team took home first place. The co-rec title went to perennial contender Florida Coastal, said tournament co-director Kat Allen.

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From left: Kat Allen, Erin Garvey of CYFS, Suzanne Bradley, NGSL head commissioner Steve Crenshaw, and Jacki Bryant of CYFS.

“We had a lot of good feedback from teams that said they had a good time as always, and we feel like it was a big success,” Allen said.

The only blip in the proceedings came when a brief hail storm halted play on Saturday, the directors said.

“We ducked and covered for five minutes and then it passed, so everyone got back out and played,” Bradley said. “Everyone cooperated and still had a great time in spite of that, so it all worked out.”

NBC29: UVA Law School Softball Tournament Raises $20,000 for Non-Profit