Remember recess? Now kickball will raise money for community needs
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Friday, Nov. 01, 2013

Remember recess? Now kickball will raise money for community needs

In the United Way’s second annual adult kickball tournament, grownups can relive their time as children on school playgrounds and support human services in the community at the same time.

As children, many suffered through morning classes waiting for recess, longing to go outside, get together with friends and play kickball.

Now, Concord Parks and Recreation, in partnership with the United Way of Central Carolinas Inc., is giving adults in and around Concord a chance to bring back recess, hosting this year’s event Nov. 9-10 at W.W. Flowe Field.

Sheila Lowry is the athletics programs specialist for Concord Parks and Recreation. She helped organize the tournament both years. It was the most rewarding experience she has had in her career, she said.

“The United Way is an organization that puts on different things around the community to give back,” Lowry said. “So last year, we wanted to do something for the community with them.

“We thought, ‘What better way to have fun and raise charity than to have an adult kickball tournament?’”

With kickball, no matter what a person’s athletic prowess is, they have the ability to compete. It’s fun for people who exercise only on the weekends, or for those in the best of physical shape, such as the two teams from the Concord Police Department entered this year.

“You will be sore, no matter who you are,” Lowry said, and laughed. “You will use muscles that you forgot you had, but it’s just a fun event.

“Sometimes they will kick the ball as hard as they can, and it will go nowhere. All you can do is truly laugh,” she said. “Sometimes you can’t even get an out for everyone laughing as hard as they can.”

The United Way donates a portion of the money raised from the tournament to the Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County. The rest goes toward the United Way’s local campaign.

“The United Way does a lot for the city, and that is why we’ve aligned with them,” Lowry said. “Without the United Way’s help, the Boys & Girls Club wouldn’t survive.”

The department has found enough interest in adult kickball in the Concord area that it is thinking of organizing a league next spring.

Then, instead of sitting through class waiting for recess, folks will have to wait until the end of the work day to get out on the field and play some kickball with their friends.

For more information, call Sheila Lowry at 704-920-5618 or visit www.concordparksandrec.org.

Caleb Wygal is a freelance writer for Cabarrus News. Have a story idea for Caleb? Email him at calebwygal@gmail.com.

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