An upcoming softball tourney will celebrate the life of a Thomson teenager and provide donations to charitable causes.

The 2019 Drake Widener Softball Tournament is scheduled for Friday, July 17, beginning at 7 p.m., at Sweetwater Park.

The event will honor Widener, a 2014 graduate of Thomson High School.

The 19-year old welder lost his life in a car accident in May of 2016. At the school, Widener was a pitcher and outfielder for the Bulldogs.

The tourney, in its fourth year, has great competition and has been known to continue past midnight, said Bonnie Widener, Drake Widener’s mother.

“There will be a concession stand with hotdogs, hamburgers, and drinks,” Widener said. “We will also have wristbands and t-shirts for sale, with all the proceeds going to the scholarship fund.”

The fund has provided scholarships for baseball players as well as other efforts in the community, Widener said. “Drake loved baseball and he loved people,” said Widener. “The tournament and fund is a way to keep his memory and to do good things in the community where he lived. That’s what it’s all about, helping others.”

Widener said that over and over this community has supported not just through monetary means, but with their prayers and love.

“We continue to be overwhelmed and thankful for everyone’s kindness, and in some small way it helps us to feel Drake lives on through all that we are able to do with The Drake Widener Scholarship fund,” she said.

To have a team added to the tourney or for more information; contact Gary Hinton at (706) 361-3328, or Skipper Widener at (706) 726-3865

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