Jan. 12, 2010
Rome, Ga. - On Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 23-24, Shorter College will host the Shorter College Breast Cancer Flag Football Tournament to help raise money for breast cancer research and awareness.
The event, coordinated and developed by Shorter football graduate assistant coach Nick Bearden, will be held on Shorter's new Ben Brady Field located behind the Robert H. Ledbetter Baseball Complex and adjacent to the Bass Village student apartments.
The Breast Center at Floyd will be on hand to sell drinks, hand out information and accept donations. All proceeds from the event will go directly to The Breast Center.
"This whole thing started out as just an idea, mainly because some of the guys wanted to get together and have a tournament for fun," said Bearden, a former Hawk football player who stayed on to help coach during the 2009 season. "I believe that this event has evolved into something that Shorter College can be proud of and benefit from at the same time. I'm just grateful that [Athletic Director] Coach Peterson and Shorter College have allowed me to put this together and are granting us the use of the College's new facilities."
The tournament will be a 7-on-7, double elimination format that will span two days.
The first game will start at approximately 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23 and the second day of the tournament will consist of the late playoff rounds and the championship.
Once the tournament concludes on Sunday, there will be awards and prizes for the championship team, the event's Most Valuable Player and others. A wealth of prizes have been donated from event sponsors Sante Fe, Chick-fil-A, Owens Sporting Goods and Broome's Hall of Fame Trophies.
There are a few spots open in the 12-team event for those that wish to participate.
A minimum team entry donation of $125 is required to register and all parties wishing to join in the competition should contact Bearden at firstname.lastname@example.org. The registration deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 20.
"This tournament is for a great cause and everyone involved is going to have a lot of fun participating," said Bearden.