The 26th Annual Cops for Kids double-elimination softball tournament will be held at Alto Park Softball Complex on Burnett Ferry Road this Saturday, April 16. The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by our local Special Olympians at 8:30 a.m. Games are scheduled to start at 9:00 a.m. and continue into the afternoon.

This year’s event will consist of, as always, a myriad of public safety teams.  These teams have supported the event with players for the (always entertaining) tournament and donations.

“Everyone has fun at this event. We encourage the general public to come out and watch and support their favorite team,” commented Floyd County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) organizer Deputy Anna Banks.  “Supporting our special needs youth and, in the process, building camaraderie among local public safety agencies makes Cops for Kids a win-win.”

Proceeds from the tournament go to the Floyd County Special Olympics.  There is no admission charge.  Spectators are able to contribute by purchasing concessions and making donations.

“I will be playing in this event for the second time,” said Deputy Carrie Edge, FCSO Public Information Officer.  “This event is very special to my family and I; my 15 year-old has been a Special Olympian for about 10 years.  He benefits immensely from his participation in the program.  This year my sister, who works with the Floyd County Prison, will be competing as well.  A little competition for a good cause is always fun.”

For more information on how you can support Cops for Kids contact the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office at 706-291-4111 or visit www.floydsheriff.com.