CHINA SPRING, Texas This weekend at five area little league fields, local and out of town select baseball and softball teams came together for the Food for Families Benefit Tournament hosted by Heart of Texas Premier Tournaments. The goal, to be the team at the end of the tournament that collected the most canned goods to donate to food for families, as well as being at the top of the standings.
“Anything that we can do to give back to our local community we are always all in for,” said Justin Poston, Director of Heart of Texas (H.O.T) Premier Tournaments.
Poston and has been hosting the Food for Families Benefit Tournament for three years. The first year of the tournament raised 700 pounds of food. This year players brought in over 20,000 pounds of food. And two central Texas teams are responsible for a large portion of those donations.
“The Cen-Tex Bombers for baseball brought in over 2,000 canned goods,” said Poston. “I want to say it's 2,080. “And Diamond Athletics, and AAU softball team, brought in over 2,000 as well.”
Even though a champion was be crowned, at the end of the day the tournament was never really about the games.
“Holidays are tough for needy families period,” said Poston. “And so anyway that we can give, anyway that we can help, that’s what we wanted to do.”
The teams that donated the most canned goods was given free access to all H.O.T Tournaments for the 2019 season.
Collection day for Food for Families will be on Friday, November 16th.