Annual softball tournament at Memorial Park this weekend


BRATTLEBORO -- The 20th annual "Glove, Sweat and Cheers: Safe at Home" softball tournament, hosted by community volunteers, will take place at Living Memorial Park on July 12 and July 13.

Teams from around New England will compete for top honors in two divisions in the double elimination tournament. Games will be played on both the upper and lower fields at Living Memorial Park, beginning Saturday morning at 9 and continuing through Sunday afternoon. Updated schedules will be posted at each field.

This is a family-friendly event. There are no entrance fees for spectators. The swimming pool will be open for those that need to cool down and the park has several playgrounds for kids of all ages.

Funds are raised through community sponsorship, team and player fees, raffle sales, snack and t-shirt sales, as well as a dance party on Saturday night. Volunteers are always welcome to assist with scorekeeping and concession sales. Contact for information about volunteer opportunities.

A "Funk for Freedom" Dance Party will be held on Saturday, July 12, from 7-11 p.m., at The Cue Bar, 747 Putney Road, Brattleboro. Light snacks will be served, free pool will be on hand and DJs will be spinning funky tunes to keep the dancing going all night long. A $5 minimum donation will be requested at the door, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Founded in the early seventies, The Women’s Freedom Center’s mission is to end domestic and sexual violence against women and children by providing support to survivors and education for the community. Their services include a 24-hour hotline, shelter for women and children, legal and medical advocacy, community outreach and education. All services are free. Volunteer based fundraising is critical to their continued efforts. Last year’s Glove, Sweat and Cheers tournament generated over $4,000 for the Women’s Freedom Center. Organizers hope to surpass that total this year.

Those who are unable to attend the tournament or dance party are encouraged to consider making a donation directly to the Women’s Freedom Center at P.O. Box 933, Brattleboro, VT, or by calling 802-257-7364.

According to event volunteer Cyndi Cain Fitzgerald, "Over 100 women will take to the fields to help raise funds for the important work of the Women’s Freedom Center. We’ll provide the gloves and sweat, but we need our community to turn out and provide the cheers."

Soccer camp

WILMINGTON -- The 25th annual Deerfield Valley Soccer Camp will be held this summer from Monday, Aug. 4 to Friday, Aug. 8. Camp is held daily from 9 a.m. to noon at Twin Valley High School and is open to boys and girls entering grades 1-8. There is also a kindergarten session which runs from 9-10:30 a.m.

Campers are separated according to their grade: grades 1-2; grades 3-4; and grades 5-8 all play in their own groups. The camp staff includes former and current Twin Valley High School players as well as college players. All campers receive a camp T-shirt , hand-stitched ball, team photo and a mid-morning cold snack.

All youngsters are provided with instruction on the basic techniques and tactics of the game. This instruction includes an introduction to goal keeping. The daily schedule includes small sided soccer matches and fun-filled games. Special events such as the carnival and world cup tournament are also included.

Day camp tuition is $90 per camper and $80 per each additional child. Tuition for the Kindergarten camp is $55. Go to for an application. More information can be obtained by calling 802-464-1295.

Dana delivers

The 2014 USA Cycling Amateur & Para Road Nationals took place on July 5 in Madison, Wisc. Alicia Dana, of Putney, won the women’s H3 Para division in 1:17:54.08. Also making the podium were: Marianna Davis, 2nd, of Utah, in 1:24:22.96; and Beth Requist, 3rd, of Colorado, in 1:22:24:09.


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