2nd Annual KICK FOR S.P.O.R.T.S. Kickball Tournament Returns September 21

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HSE S.P.O.R.T.S. will hold its 2nd annual KICK FOR S.P.O.R.T.S. kickball tournament on September 21 at Billericay Park. The event will host teams made up of six to 10 players to compete in a double elimination, bracketed kickball tournament starting at 9 a.m. Everyone is welcome to register for the tournament — businesses, sports leagues, friends, neighborhoods and community groups. Teams will then be divided into separate divisions based on age and team makeup.

“Our goal in putting together KICK FOR S.P.O.R.T.S. was to create an event that is unique to the Fishers community, that includes participants of all ages, in a fun sport that everyone can play,” says Beth Lawrence, development coordinator for HSE S.P.O.R.T.S.

There are several new changes to the tournament this year, such as its new location at Billericay Park, which is also where the S.P.O.R.T.S. office is located.

“Holding the kickball tournament at our new location will allow us to utilize two more fields than we had during our first year — so we can bring on more teams,” Lawrence says. “We look forward to having close to 30 teams battle it out on eight fields throughout the park.”

There is a fee for each team to register. Every team will have one captain who will serve as the team’s main contact to communicate game times, tournament rules and updates. However, children’s teams (junior high school or younger) must have a parent team captain. Teams can register at kickforsports.org/events/kick-for-s-p-o-r-t-s.

“Funds raised during the tournament will provide youth sports scholarships for underprivileged families in Fishers,” Lawrence adds. “These scholarships give families access to programs offered by S.P.O.R.T.S. for any or all of the fall, winter and spring seasons during the school year. The money raised from this event also allows S.P.O.R.T.S. to provide background checks and key training for more than 2,000 coaches involved in its leagues and assist with maintenance efforts for our fields and facilities.”

Each game will run approximately a half hour, and teams are encouraged to wear costumes or corporate branding shirts. Each participating player will also receive an official KICK FOR S.P.O.R.T.S. T-shirt during the event.

“Under the new 2019 format, the games will run every half-hour and teams will be able to participate with a minimum of six players and a maximum of 11,” Lawrence says. “In planning for this year, we wanted to give participants more flexibility to join us on a busy Saturday and the new six-person minimum caters to this. If a participant needs to leave to coach or play a game, they can do so and rejoin their kickball team afterward.”

She also says that the tournament is “truly a community event.” Residents who are not playing in the event are still encouraged to come out and cheer on the teams. Food and drink vendors will be onsite, as will music and other activities. Medals will be given to division champs.

“Last year, we had teams ranging from elementary school age children through adults and everything in between,” Lawrence says. “We had sports teams and companies use KICK as a team-building event. We had families play alongside their neighbors and church youth groups compete against each other all in the spirit of having fun on a Saturday. The team pride was off the charts and we loved seeing all of the clever themes.”

KICK FOR S.P.O.R.T.S. is September 21 at Billericay Park beginning at 9 a.m. Divisions will be formed once all teams have registered to allow for ideal matching between adult and kids teams. More information including team registration can be found at KICKFORSPORTS.org. Event updates will be shared on Facebook @HSE Sports and on Twitter @SPORTSHSE. For more information, email Beth Lawrence at beth@hsesports.org.

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