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August 15, 2009

Fund-raising tourneys a great way to contribute to community

TERRE HAUTE — As someone interested in history, I have often thought of trying to work a history lesson into the Softball Scene column. This week I may have found that opportunity.

Please bear with me on this, because it’s not easy to combine “Democracy in America,” written by a French aristocrat in 1830, and a softball tournament held last weekend in Terre Haute.

Alexis de Tocqueville’s “Democracy in America” was a recording of his observations of the American experiment with a democratic form of government written in 1830. One of the observations was the American propensity to form associations. He stated, “Americans of all ages, all conditions, and all dispositions constantly form associations … religious, moral, serious, futile, general or restricted, enormous or diminutive … the Americans make associations to give entertainment, to found seminaries, to build inns, to construct churches, to diffuse books …” In short, Americans form associations to achieve ends a single individual working alone could not accomplish.

This past weekend, I witnessed an association in operation. The local UPS outlet, under the leadership of David Wake and assisted by several USP employees, hosted a fund-raising softball tournament. As a result of their efforts, the United Way organization will receive a donation of $1,550.50. To my way of thinking, that was just what de Tocqueville had in mind.

The above-mentioned tournament was a competition between several southern Indiana UPS teams. Included in the tourney field were two teams from Terre Haute plus teams from Huntingburg, Bloomington, Washington, Clarksville and Versailles/Columbus.

The Terre Haute No. 1 team emerged victorious as it moved through the tourney without a loss. In doing so, the Terre Haute No. 1 squad recorded wins over Terre Haute No. 2 11-10, Versailles/Columbus 15-0, Clarksville 11-8 and Washington 19-7.

The Terre Haute No. 2 team suffered through a tough day as it lost two one-run affairs. After dropping the 11-10 game to the Terre Haute No. 1 squad, it lost to Washington by a 9-8 score.

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