MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Fringe Little League Association will kick off its Sixth Annual Coaches Softball Tournament today at the Baxter Ball Field in Marion County. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Child Life Program at West Virginia University Children’s Hospital.

The association is composed of the Marion County Little League baseball teams from Mannington, Farmington, South Marion, Fairview, Barrackville, Rivesville, Monongah, Clay-Battelle and East Marion. Games will be played today through Sunday.

The tournament began when the coaches suggested that their players could learn the fundamentals of baseball by watching them play softball. Since its inception in 2007, the tournament has raised $28,000 for WVU Children’s Hospital’s Child Life Program.

One of the main components of the Child Life Program is play, an important part of children’s lives. During times of stress, such as hospitalization, play can provide something safe and familiar – an opportunity for children to express fear, anxiety and misunderstandings about their hospitalization. To encourage playtime for pediatric patients, WVU Children’s Hospital has an activity center equipped with toys, video games, an air hockey table and other child friendly items.

For information on the softball tournament, contact Larry Kincell at 304-669-7258.
For more information: Angela Jones, News Service Coordinator, 304-293-7087
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