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April 4, 2008

Valdosta - A weekend softball tournament in Lowndes County will raise thousands for charity and generate more than one million dollars for the community.

Nearly 100 teams from all over Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Alabama will participate in the Battle of the Borders Softball tournament.

Last year the tournament raised five thousand dollars and five thousand cans of food for the Second Harvest food bank.

But despite raising money for a good cause, leaders say it will help the local economy as well.

"We definitely want to check at the theme park, Wild Adventures. We've already been to the local mall and we've been to a couple restaurants so far," says Blaine Drawdy, a player from Orlando.

"We have 70 teams coming in from four states and last year the economic impact of the tournament was $1.6 million for our local economy. And we are hoping to do more this year," says tournament organizer Rhonda Barnes.

The tournament begins Friday night at the South Lowndes Complex in Lake Park and finish up Sunday at Freedom Park.

Anyone is welcome to come. All is costs is one can of food.

 

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