The 38th annual sickle cell tournament kicks off in Shreveport

KMSS-TV
Friday, July 11, 2014 - 3:50pm

The northwest Louisiana chapter of the Sickle Cell Disease Association takes pride in the outpouring of support from the community to make the sickle cell tournament a success every year and sponsors expect an even larger crowd this weekend. 

Tournament director, Herman Vital, invites everyone to come out and support vendors.

"If you like softball, come out and watch some good softball. We have some very very skillful teams that's coming out to play this weekend, and they're going to be giving it their all. It's going to be hot, but we're going to have some fun, said Vital. 

The event goes from Friday until Sunday and this year about 140 teams will take to the field,  where they will hit it out of the park for sickle cell disease."

Participant, Christopher Wilson, said he and his friends have been playing for about 7 years now and enjoy giving back to the community through friendly competition. 

"We understand that we're playing for t-shirts, but we understand that the money we use is going to an organization that's helping the community, especially in the black community where sickle cell is an issue. So we just love the opportunity to go out there and we play in front of our friends and family," said Wilson. 

He says playing in the tournament is just an award itself.
  

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