BOILING SPRINGS -- A benefit corn hole tournament has been scheduled Saturday morning at Gardner-Webb University, to help pay the hospital bills of a coach’s wife and 19-month-old daughter, who were victims of the recent E. coli outbreak.
The tournament, sponsored by the Gardner-Webb Student Athletic Advisory Committee, is designed to help the family of assistant swim coach Nathan Rhoads.
Rhoads’ wife, Cheryl, and daughter, Lily, were sickened after attending the Cleveland County Fair earlier this month. They are among about 100 people who contracted E. coli after visiting the fair. One child died from the illness.
Family friends say Cheryl and Lily Rhoads were hospitalized, but that Cheryl Rhoads has recovered. Lily Rhoads remains hospitalized, and her treatment includes dialysis, friends say.
The tournament begins at 11:30 a.m. and will be on the practice soccer field next to Spangler Stadium. It precedes the homecoming game scheduled for 1:30 p.m. against Virginia Military Institute.
Entry fee is $10 a team, and there is a $5 fee for re-entering the tournament if a team is eliminated. Teams may register Saturday morning or by contacting Colin Ashley, at firstname.lastname@example.org.