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Good time, good causes

June 26, 2014

By Will Nations
sports@dailytimesleader.com

West Point Police Department Sgt. Detective Albert Lee is hosting the third annual City League Charity Softball Tournament 7 p.m. Friday at West Point’s Sportsplex.
Lee said he would like for the community to come out and support the event with a turnout similar to last year’s large crowds. While admission is free, Lee said donations are accepted.
“I want to invite the city and people of West Point to come out and participate in this event,” Lee said. “I anticipate making this an annual event that stays around for a long time.”
The 2014 tournament involves six teams – a few less than last year. The six teams involved are defending champions WPPD, West Point’s Fire Department, Mississippi Highway Patrol Troop G, West Point Public Works, Northeast Mississippi Medical Clinic (NMMC) and West Point Water and Light.
The tournament will have two games on Friday, which will determine seeding for a single-elimination bracket Saturday.
The first- and second-place teams will split the collected proceeds from this weekend’s tournament and donate the funds to a charitable organization of their choice. WPPD won last year’s event and donated its winnings to Adopt-a-Family, according to Lee.
Again, MHP’s Troop G is participating in its third tournament. MHP Public Affair Officer Sgt. Criss Turnipseed said he and his troopers are excited to compete for their charity, Palmer Home for Children in Columbus, and hopefully pick up its first win since 2012.
“It’s a good cause we play for in Palmer Home for Kids. Our district has a good close relationship with Palmer Home. It is our charity of choice,” Turnipseed said. “The tournament is an opportunity to get our guys together in the spirit of competition. It gives us something recreational, and a chance to get to know each other more on a personal level.”

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