The 10th Kentucky State Police Post 10 Annual Baseball Tournament is just around the corner, with the first pitch being thrown at 4:55 p.m. on May 13 at Huff Park. Games will begin at 5 p.m.
KSP Public Affairs Officer Shane Jacobs said the tournament is an annual event held to help pay to send children to Trooper Island.
“Trooper Island is a camp for 10 to 12 year olds,” Jacobs said. “We will have 16 boys and 16 girls from our post area that will get to attend camp this year.”
According to Jacobs, the average cost per camper is approximately $300.
“That’s getting the campers to camp, feeding them all week and getting them back home,” said Jacobs.
Jacobs said the camp is designed for less fortunate children who are facing disadvantages.
“Maybe they’ve been assaulted, or maybe they’ve seen a police officer in a negative way when they possibly had to arrest a mother or father,” Jacobs explained. “This is an opportunity for KSP to be able to reach out to those kids and show them a positive role model.”
Jacobs said the campers will have an opportunity to spend a week at Dale Hollow Lake and learn fishing, canoeing, swimming, archery and crafts.
“The troopers will actually get to spend one-on-one time with them, just hanging out,” Jacobs said. “They will get to show these kids that — ‘hey, we are police officers, but at the same time we’re just like anyone else’ — it’s just a great time to show these kids that we’re there to help them.”
The tournament is held at Huff Park May 13 through May 15.
“We’re trying to get as many teams possible registered and make this the biggest year we’ve ever had,” Jacobs said. “It’s our tenth year and we want to make sure it the biggest.”
In addition to the ball games, the event will also feature inflatables and other activities for children to participate in.
“We encourage the public to come out and support us…and help raise money to send disadvantaged kids to Trooper Island,” Jacobs said. “We have teams coming in from all over, we have a team coming in from Elizabethtown that’s already signed up.”
The tournament teams will compete in three divisions, with eight teams in the 11- to 12-year-old division, six teams in the 9- to 10-year-old division and six teams in the girls’ softball division for girls 9 to 12 years of age.
There must be a $150 donation for each team. A meal will be provided at the field on May 14. All teams are guaranteed at least two games. All entries should be in by May 9.
For more information or to register a team, contact Trooper James Earl Hensley at Post 10, 606-573-3131.
Jacobs said that donations for Trooper Island are also accepted via mail. The address for mail donations is: Attention Trooper Shane Jacobs, 3319 South US Highway 421, Harlan, Kentucky, 40831.
“It’s all for the kids,” said Jacobs.
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