DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Coaches of schools that participated in the Dothan Diamond classic received their checks on Friday.

The 20 team high school softball tournament gives money raised from sponsorship and ticket sales back to schools.

Each school earned a percentage based on how many games they played in single elimination.

This year $50,400, the most money in the event’s three year history, was given back to high school softball programs.

Coaches and sponsors say this is a one of a kind tournament that can make a huge difference for young softball players.

“It’s just exciting that we can go buy some things that we want to help us improve even more, equipment wise and everything,” Geneva Head Coach Ashley Bell said. “It’s just a blessing. It’s a huge blessing for our school.”

“I was a female athlete growing up and my daughter is actually a softball player who played in the tournament, so it’s very, very important for these girls to get the recognition that they deserve,” sponsor Hometown Lender’s Courtney Love said.

Several coaches say they plan to use the money to help with travel and hotel expenses for playoffs coming up.