Daniel McDonald - The Union-Recorder July 28, 2009 02:01 pm
Saturday morning at the Georgia Military College softball fields, the Baldwin County Fire Rescue team had a fire to put out.
The kickball team fielded by the Spotlight Theatre at Lake Oconee had taken an early lead in the opening game of the Give Burns the Boot Charity Kickball Tournament benefiting the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation.
"The other team had the upper hand because they said they played in another tournament last week," firefighter Brandon Barth told The Union-Recorder.
But according to Spotlight Theatre General Manager Dan Chun, claims about the Spotlight team's recent kickball experience was exaggerated to psych out the other team.
"I haven’t played kickball since I was 10 years old," the 39-year-old Chun said. "My youngest employee is 16, so I'm sure they’ve played a little more recently than I have."
But friendly competitiveness aside, Chun, Barth and others made it out to the GMC softball fields at 9 a.m. to raise funds for the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation's Give Burns the Boot campaign.
The Georgia Firefighter Burn Foundation is a statewide organization started by a group of DeKalb County Firefighters to help burn survivors in their journey of recovery as well as to prevent others from experiencing the traumatic event of a burn injury.
Four teams entered the inaugural kickball tournament sponsored and conceived of by local radio station Z97. Spotlight Theatres and the Baldwin County Fire Rescue joined teams fielded by Old Capital Fence and a class of Georgia College & State University Dental and Nursing School students for the athletic activity.
"It’s a different way to raise money, but it’s fun," Barth said about trying something different than their regular boot drives. "It sure beats sitting in traffic dodging cars."
Z97 intern John Pickworth, who thought up the tournament, said he was impressed with the turnout for the event and the players' enthusiasm.
"It seems that people are enjoying themselves while helping a good cause," he said.
And it's a good thing that everyone was having a good time helping out a good cause, because the team fielded by Spotlight Theatres ended up smoking Baldwin County Fire Rescue 10-2.