Tournament Takes Swing At Addiction


A local tournament is growing in its second year as organizers attempt to take a “swing against addictions.”

The slow pitch softball competition brought in more than $5,000 for the Central Nebraska Council on Alcoholism and Addiction this weekend.

Ten teams participated at Veterans Athletic Complex in Grand Island. That’s two more than last year when they raised about $3,100.

Organizers said the tournament helps fund programs like intervention help and the council's Kids Power Program.

"They don't understand it. They're confused. They're sad. They're angry and this Kids Power Program just helps them work with their feelings; and to also let them know that it is not their fault and that's the biggest," said Mia Wyatt, a CNCAA board member and event organizer.

Wyatt said she and her father both struggled with addiction.

She said this tournament helps bring awareness to the issue and the help available.