27th annual Area 36 Special Olympics softball game

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Men and women from all over the region will be coming together to participate in the 27th annual Area 36 Special Olympics softball game.

Area 36 and the Knights of Columbus partner with other community members to raise money for the Special Olympics while fueling friendly competition.

"Well, today we have a great fundraiser for Special Olympics Area 36 being put on by the Knights of Columbus and the Softball in the Dome committee. All proceeds from this event this weekend, which runs through Saturday and Sunday, will come to Area 36 Special Olympics to help with our area fund programs,” said Pamela Bahram, Area Director for Area 36 Special Olympics Michigan.

Because of the overwhelming amounts of participates, the Knights of Columbus and the Softball in the Dome committee had to extend the fundraiser.

Charles Cortty, Knights of Columbus Financial Secretary and Chairman of Softball in the Dome said "This year we changed a few things, we’re going to go almost round the clock to get all the games in and to get all the teams in!"

With over a 300 individual volunteer base and 170 area 36 active athletes, it's hard to say who's more excited - the volunteers or the athletes!

"Us, we’re itching to be in here. You know, a lot of the players around here - we want this. We all want the opportunity to get to play - especially in the middle of winter,” said Negaunee Heavy Equipment Operator and Player, Justin Renfors.

Proceeds go to transportation, food, uniform, travel costs, and more.
"They are so grateful. Our kids, they are, you know, from 8 to 80 they are all kids. So it's just a fun time for them and it’s a fun time for us too,” Cortty continued.

This is the first year they will be featuring an integrated game between the Area 36 athletes and volunteers.