Rosecrans To Host National Air Guard Softball Tourney
The Rosecrans Air National Guard Base will play host to a national softball tournament that will bring 40 teams from 12 states to St Joseph, to benefit “Camp Guardian” and the Wounded Warrior Project.
Organizers expect more than 500 players to take part, including Missouri National Guard members and their families, as well as players from other services.
We can expect another 500 visitors plus local spectators to converge on the Heritage Park Softball Complex August 15-18. This is the 47th year they’ve held the tournament.
Spectators can expect to see lots of action and strategy, with slow-pitch ball and a five home run progressive rule.
The tournament kicks off (8/15) by the Missouri river with a home run derby and reception at the Heritage Park Softball Complex. The opening ceremony is at 7:45 a.m. the following day with games running until Saturday, between 8:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. on the complex’s five fields.
Tournament proceeds and a silent auction will support the Missouri Guard’s “Camp Guardian” for those with physical and intellectual disabilities as well as the Wounded Warrior Project. The auction includes authenticated, autographed sports memorabilia by Mickey Mantle and other celebrities.
The Air Guard has raised thousands in donations while promoting physical fitness and camaraderie since its first tournament at Fresno, Calif., in 1966.
If you’d like to help out as a volunteer, call 816-236-3452. The most current tournament postings and information can be found at www.facebook.com/angtournament2012.