Deptford Twp. – On Saturday, June 11, Gloucester County residents will honor the courage of area veterans while enjoying one of America's favorite pastimes.
In a three-game softball tournament, hosted by the Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC) Student Veterans Organization, the VETSports Wounded National Team will face off against the Pitman Blaze and the Pitman Astros during the second annual VETSports Gloucester County Softball Tournament.
Through VETSports, a national nonprofit organization headquartered in Kensington, Maryland, fearless heroes who served their country support each other while engaging in friendly competition in their communities, overcoming the challenges of reintegrating into society. Members have played softball in Danville, Illinois; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Nashville, Tennessee; Gulfport, Florida; Tampa, Florida; Washington, D.C. and other areas, competing against police, firefighters, community organizations and college teams.
Former RCGC student and VETSports member, Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Somers, currently stationed at Clearwater Coast Guard Air Station and a 1996 Pitman High School graduate, along with his mother, RCGC Veterans Affairs Assistant Roxanne Somers, were both instrumental in bringing the tournament to the College campus. VETSports helps wounded veterans achieve better physical, mental and emotional health through sports, physical activity and community involvement.
The tournament begins at 2 p.m. on the RCGC baseball field. Admission is $5. Veterans and children are free. VETSports donates a portion of the proceeds to local charities. This year's tournament will benefit the Gloucester County Veterans Memorial Cemetery's Color Guard.
To learn more about VETSports, visit VETSports.org. To sponsor this event, contact Roxanne Somers at 856-681-6211or firstname.lastname@example.org.
RCGC is proud to be recognized as a Military Friendly School for the seventh consecutive year.
Rowan College at Gloucester County's 250-acre campus is located on Tanyard Road in Deptford, just off Exit 56 of Route 55.