Kickball has a reputation as being a sport almost anybody can play.
In the spirit of inclusiveness, the Medical Foundation of Chattanooga will host the first Project Access kickball tournament on Sept. 28 at Warner Park. All proceeds will benefit Hamilton County Project Access, which offers free health care services to the working poor.
The tournament will be a bracket double-elimination format, allowing each team at least two games. Participating teams must have between nine and 15 people, including three women, on the field at all times. The cost of registration is $250 per team.
Kevin Lusk is the manager of communications, membership and development at the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society and Medical Foundation of Chattanooga.
What: Project Access kickball tournament
Where: 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave.
When: Saturday, Sept. 28
How much: $250 per team
For sign-up information: Click here
He said the idea for a kickball tournament is a different approach for fundraising.
"Everybody has golf tournaments," he said. "Kickball is something everybody can do; it’s one of those things that doesn’t require any athletic ability other than kicking a ball."
Lusk said 13 teams have already signed up and that the competition is heating up.
"Some teams are taking this really seriously," he said. "People are having fun with this. Several teams are already holding practices."
Awards will be offered for best team names and best uniforms, and a special award will be given to the team that raises the most money via social media. Everyone who registers gets a T-shirt.
Project Access has been helping the working poor since 2004. More than $110 million in health care has been donated.
"People come in with anything from a broken leg to cancer," Lusk said. "We’ll work with physicians and get it taken care of free of charge. When you’re in one of those situations, your life can go through some drastic changes. We’re happy to say we’ve got something like this."
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