DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Monday morning, the 20 schools that participated in the Dothan Diamond Classic were each presented with a check based on how many games they played.
More than $46,000 was given back to schools’ athletic programs. The proceeds came from sponsorships and ticket sales minus expenses.
Coaches and players gathered with sponsors to accept their checks. Many coaches expressed their gratefulness for a tournament that means so much to the softball community.
“Most of our schools when we go off and travel and play we can drop anywhere from two to three thousand dollars on a tournament: entry fees, hotel rooms and then feeding the girls,” said Donny Bright, Dothan High School Head Softball Coach. “So to be able to play in a tournament where you don’t have to pay but you actually get paid to play in the tournament it’s very beneficial for us.”
Tournament Director Rhonda Kirk told WDHN it means so much to her to give back to her softball family here in the Wiregrass.