The eighth annual Kentucky State Police Post 10 Trooper Island Baseball Tournament is coming up May 16 through 18 at Huff Park in Harlan.
According to KSP Trooper James Earl Hensley, this year softball has been added to the competition.
“We’ve got a softball division which is girls 9 to 12,” said Hensley. “Two baseball divisions, a 9- to 10-year-old division and an 11- to 12-year-old division.”
Hensley said there are 18 teams total coming to compete in this year’s tournament.
According to Hensley, along with a number of teams from Harlan County, teams from other areas such as Whitesburg and Corbin will be traveling to Harlan to compete.
Along with the baseball and softball, there are other activities planned.
On May 17, a replica of the General Lee, the iconic Dodge Charger made famous in the television series ‘Dukes of Hazard’ will be on display. The Original Omega Force Strength Team, which was featured on America’s Got Talent, will be appearing on May 17 as well.
Hensley said all proceeds will be going to support Trooper Island, a camp for underprivileged children.
“Throughout the year…we talk to families and see kids in need,” said Hensley. “We will send the kids that are interested in going to Trooper Island to summer camp for a whole week where there will be hiking, fishing, archery…it’s just basically a fun camp for them.”
Hensley said the cost of the camp is about $400 per child, which is covered entirely by donations.
“That’s what this tournament’s based on,” said Hensley. “It has grown…we first started out with six teams.”
Hensley said Post 10 sends as many or more kids to Trooper Island than any other KSP post, and more money to Trooper Island than any other post in the state.
“Last year this tournament raised over $15,000, and all that went to Trooper Island,” said Hensley.
Hensley said there will be inflatables, door prizes and concessions available free of charge.
Admission is $3 for children 6 to 13, $5 for ages 14 and up. Children 5 and under get in for free.
Joe P. Asher may be reached at 606-573-4510, ext. 1161 or on Twitter #joe_hde