Nancy Griffin, executive director of the local CIS branch, said like all nonprofits, her organization is suffering from a lack of funding because of the economic recession.
“So our board members thought they’d like to do something different. There are a lot of golf tournaments out there, so they decided to have a kickball tournament,” said Griffin. “So we adults will go out and act like children.”
The 16-team, double-elimination tournament is planned for 8 a.m. at the YMCA’s Grizzard Park on March 27, and there is still time for teams to sign up. As of Wednesday evening, Griffin said 12 of the 16 slots were filled.
Registration is $200 per team, and teams must have between eight and 12 members, including a minimum of four men and four women. Also, because it’s an adults-only event, team members must be at least 18 years old.
Volunteers are needed as well to referee and help with scoring and logistics.
Griffin said some of the teams already signed up will represent both local school systems, Georgia Highlands, Berry and Shorter colleges, the Rome Bar Association, Georgia Power, the Rome News-Tribune, several banks and churches, and the juvenile court system.
“It’s going to be lots and lots of fun,” she said.
The first- and second-place teams will win a cash prize to donate to the charity of their choice, and the remaining proceeds will benefit Rome-Floyd Communities in Schools, an organization that strives to get the community more involved in area schools through mentoring, job shadowing and other programs.
“Our mission is to improve the high school graduation rate,” said Griffin.
In addition to the sporting aspect of the tournament, awards will be given for best uniforms, best crowd support and more.
To register, call 706-802-5740 or e-mail GriffinCIS@bellsouth.net.
Griffin said slots are filling quickly and encouraged anyone who wants to get involved to check out the group’s Facebook page, contact her via e-mail, by phone or visit their Web site at www.cisrome-floyd.org.