UVA Law Softball Invitational Bats $25,000 to Charity, Sets Record Attendance
The North Grounds Softball League raised $20,000 for local nonprofit Children, Youth and Family Services last weekend.
University of Virginia law students helped raise more than $25,000 for charity last weekend through the 31st annual Virginia Law Softball Invitational, an event that brought together 1,700 law students from across the country, as well as UVA alumni.
The tournament, a UVA Law tradition, raised $20,000 for local nonprofit Children, Youth and Family Services, $2,000 for the Mediation Center of Charlottesville and $3,000 for the Law School's Public Interest Law Association, which funds students working in public service jobs over the summer.
"The invitational is very much a team effort — everyone in the North Grounds Softball League worked tirelessly to prepare for it and welcome the other teams to Charlottesville," said third-year law student Emily Hankin, the tournament co-director.
The invitational also saw record turnout, with 117 teams from 61 law schools playing 250 games at fields throughout Charlottesville. Teams traveled from as far as Ann Arbor, Mich., and Naples, Fla., for the weekend event.
During the competition, the UVA Blue team advanced to the semifinal round of the men’s division, where it lost to Florida Coastal School of Law. On Sunday, Florida Coastal defeated Ave Maria School of Law to win the men's division, and the Duke Diamond of the Duke University School of Law defeated the UVA Blue team to win the co-recreational division. An team from UVA's Class of 1999 also participated in the festivities.
"While there were many moving pieces to coordinate over the past eight months, everything fell into place and the invitational was a fantastic success," Hankin said. "We are disappointed that no UVA team won the championship, but the losses will provide extra motivation for next year."