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Softball Tournament Raises $23,000 for Charity

by Rob Seal

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The 27th annual UVA Law Softball Invitational raised $23,000 for charity and hosted a record 120 teams from 53 law schools this weekend.

“Not only was it the biggest tournament, it was the most well-run,” said North Grounds Softball League Head Commissioner Doug Bouton, a third-year law student. Bouton credited the success of the event to tournament directors and third-years Nathan Wacker and Christy Weisner.

“I think everybody had a blast,” Bouton said.

The weekend-long series of softball games, featuring both men’s and co-rec divisions, raised $20,000 for Children, Youth and Family Services, a Charlottesville-based nonprofit. Since CYFS became the primary recipient of the tournament’s proceeds 10 years ago, the annual event has raised $126,500 for the organization.

Students also raised $3,000 this year for the Law School’s Public Interest Law Association, which funds summer fellowships for students working in public service. That $3,000 is matched by a donation from the Law School Foundation.

The weekend games were spread out over several Charlottesville fields, and involved teams from across the nation. On Sunday, Florida Coastal School of Law won the co-rec division, while UVA’s blue team took home the prize for the men’s division.

Bouton said organizers breathed a sigh of relief when the good weather held throughout the tournament, since with such a large field of teams, a rainy Friday or Saturday could have caused major headaches.

“Luckily the weather was just perfect — everything worked out,” he said.