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Rowan College to host June 6 D-day Softball Tournament

College Relations, Communications, and Marketing
Date: 5/13/2015

​​On June 6 — the 71st anniversary of D-Day — Gloucester County residents will honor the courage of area veterans while enjoying America’s pastime.

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 RCGC Legends of Roadrunner Baseball Team.

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; and the Washington, D.C., area, competing against police, firefighter and community college teams.

The event will kick off with a 10-a.m. parade of veterans through downtown Pitman, hometown of former RCGC student Robert Somers. Now stationed in Clearwater Coast Guard Air Station, the 1996 Pitman High School graduate is a member of VETSports, helping wounded veterans achieve better physical, mental and emotional health through sports, physica​l activity and community involvement.

The tournament begins at 2 p.m. on the RCGC baseball field. Admission is $5. VETSports donates a portion of the proceeds to local charities.

To learn more about VETSports, visit VETSports.org. To sponsor this event, contact Roxanne Somers at 856-981-9341 or renard.1@hotmail.com.

Rowan College at Gloucester County’s 250-acre campus is located on Tanyard Road in Deptford, just off Exit 56 of Route 55.

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