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Northwest Louisiana Sickle Cell Disease Assoc. of America hosting 43rd annual softball tournament in July

This will be the 43rd annual tournament.
This will be the 43rd annual tournament.(KSLA)
Published: Jun. 24, 2021 at 9:55 AM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - The Northwest Louisiana Sickle Cell Disease Association of America (NWLASCDAA) and the Friends of Alpha are all set to host the 43rd annual Sickle Cell Softball Tournament July 9-11.

The tournament will be held at Cargill Park. More than 1,200 participants are expected.

“The Sickle Cell Softball Tournament (SCST) has been a longstanding tradition and integral part of the community. And we know all of our area hotels and businesses will be glad to have it back in action with the pandemic forcing its cancellation last year,” said Kelly Wells, executive director of the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission, a sponsor of the event. “In 2015, the event had a $1 million economic impact to our area.”

The event is sanctioned by the American Softball Association. Adult teams are invited to play, and the whole community is invited to the Home Run Derby on Friday, July 9, as well as tournament play on Saturday and Sunday.

This will be the 43rd annual tournament.
This will be the 43rd annual tournament.(KSLA)

“Sadly, this year’s SCST along with the Shreveport-Bossier community will be without two of its champions, a husband and wife team, both lost in 2020,” said Herman Vital, director and a co-founder of the tournament.

“The late Mrs. Lillie Bradford, NWLASCDAA director for over 20 years, and Mr. Hugh Bradford, co-founder of the SCST over 43 years ago, will be sorely missed. But their legacy will live on.”

For information about how to register for the tournament, send email to nwlascdaa@bellsouth.net.

“Also each year, we try adding something new and exciting for our community and visitors, including a fireworks display and our new Family Fun Zone with water slides, music, Disney mascots and the new Video Game Bus for the kids,” added Caddo Commissioner Roy Burrell, SCST chairman.

“This year, we are excited to partner with the Louisiana Governor’s Games, promoting fitness for all Louisiana citizens. It will include a senior division, all over 40 years old. Other partners and major sponsors include the City of Shreveport, Caddo Parish Commission and the North Caddo Medical Center, etc. So let’s play ball!”

Rosalind Spain, executive director of the Northwest Louisiana Sickle Cell Disease Association, said the goal is to help those who are fighting the disease. “We try to assist our clients that may be having difficulty cause they are not able to work or they are a parent of a sickle child and that child may be stopping them from gaining employment.”

Sickle cell anemia impacts those who do not produce healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout their body. According to the CDC, it affects about 100,000 Americans.

It is prominent in the African American community; about 1 in 13 African American babies are born with the trait. That’s why leaders are calling on the public to participate or donate.

For information about how to enjoy the tournament as a spectator, click here.

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