The Catoosa County Children's fund has been called the "purist charity around" due to the fact that the funds are available to help families on short notice without red tape. When a child or family is in need, the Children's Fund can respond quickly and adequately and baseball matters to its successful operation. Every year the Catoosa County schools, under the direction of Dr. Lamar Brown, hosts the Catoosa County Baseball Classic with all proceeds going to support the work of the Children's Fund.
For the past several years the event has been held at AT&T Field but due to the recent heavy rains, this year it's been moved to Lakeview Fort Oglethorpe High School.
Action begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday as LFO takes on Dalton. In game two at 1:30, Ringgold will face Northwest Whitfield and in the final contest at 4:00, defending state champion Gordon Lee plays Heritage. The gates will open at 10 a.m. and there will be a silent auction. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased ahead of time from the LFO, Ringgold or Heritage baseball teams, or at the Catoosa County Board of Education or the Catoosa County Sheriff's office.
Now, it's going to be cold, especially first thing in the morning, but hot refreshments will be served as well as good food all day long. Put on an extra layer or two and join us at the Old Ball Yard. Even if it's not at AT&T Field this year we're expecting a big crowd because, in the past few years, the Catoosa County Baseball Classic has drawn some of the biggest non-Lookout crowds in AT&T Field history.
Saturday is THE day....to support children and families who struggle, but it's also a great opportunity to enjoy the beginning of another great baseball season. While you enjoy this day of baseball, remember that just by being there to watch our national pastime played by the real "Boys of Summer," you are helping a family keep the heat on in the winter. You are providing the bare necessities that a child desperately needs. Is there a better way to spend your time on a Saturday?
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Randy Smith can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org