|June 29, 2012|
|PRESS RELEASE: Inaugural Hawai‘i Island Senior Softball Mayor’s Cup|
COUNTY OF HAWAII
DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION
101 Pauahi Street, Suite 6 • Hilo, Hawai’i 96720
(808) 961-8311 • Fax (808) 961-8411
May 14, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Hawai‘i County’s Department of Parks and Recreation is partnering with Senior Softball-USA to host the inaugural Hawai‘i Island Senior Softball Mayor’s Cup to be played Jan. 14-18, 2013, at Maka’eo Park in sunny Kailua-Kona.
All-Star teams from the mainland will join Hawai‘i’s best senior softball players for the five-day recreational tournament that will serve as a fundraiser for the Hawai‘i Island United Way, a nonprofit agency that runs 53 programs and helps 39 agencies island-wide.
“We’re delighted at the opportunity to assist such a distinguished organization in bringing this exciting tournament to Kailua-Kona,” said Parks Director Bob Fitzgerald. “This is a wonderful chance to welcome mainland visitors to our beautiful island, display aloha and provide worthy competition for our kupuna teams. Also, this is a great way to boost tourism while supporting the Hawai‘i Island United Way.”
Men and women athletes will compete in one of two age groups: 60 to 69 years old; and 70 years old and older. The double-elimination tournament will have teams playing a minimum of five games each. All play will adhere to Senior Softball-USA rules that include 70-minute games during the elimination rounds, a five-run limit per inning except for the final inning of the game, preference for a 12-inch ball, and batters starting with a 0-0 count.
The registration fee is $350 per team, with the net proceeds going to the Hawai‘i Island United Way. Registration should be made through www.seniorsoftball.com. Check-in will be conducted on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, with play to start the following day.
Maka’eo Park, also known as Old Airport Park, has six natural-grass baseball fields and one multi-use field. Three of the fields, Simmons, A and C or middle field, will be used for the tournament.
“We believe it is a perfect date on a perfect site for the tournament,” said Terry Hennessy, CEO for Senior Softball-USA, a nonprofit organization founded in Sacramento, Calif., in 1988. As the world’s largest organization of softball players, Senior Softball-USA has members on 1,500 teams in every state and Canada. It also sanctions numerous tournaments and championships annually while promoting senior softball throughout the world.
A former fishing village that served as the capital of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i, Kailua-Kona has an extensive history that is on display at nearby Kaloko-Honokāhau National Historical Park. It now serves as the center of tourism and commerce for West Hawai‘i with a resident population of about 12,000. Although Kailua-Kona’s coldest month is January, average temperatures range from a low of 66 degrees to a high of 81.9 degrees.
For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at (808)-345-9105, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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