APD hosts softball tourney to benefit Fallen Firefighters Fund, Special Olympics

ASHEVILLE – The Asheville Police Department hosted the 2011 BadgeBall softball tournament Aug. 13-14 to raise money for the Fallen Firefighters Fund and North Carolina Special Olympics.

Games were played the first day at Jackson Park in Henderson County, and the championship games were Sunday at McCormick Field in Asheville.

The team from Henderson County took the overall win, with the Charlotte Fire Department taking runner up.

Proceeds from food went to a fund set up by the Asheville Fire Department and Mission Health System to assist the family of Capt. Jeff Bowen, who was killed in the line of duty July 28. The fund also assists families of firefighters who were injured that day.

In addition, the participating teams’ tournament fees will go to North Carolina Special Olympics, whose mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

To learn more about the Fallen Firefighters fund, visit http://bit.ly/pskZRq.

To learn more about N.C. Special Olympics, visit http://www.sonc.net/.