Annual tourney Friday, Saturday

by | Jun 21, 2018 | Life & Style

Jarren McTee laughs as he rounds the bases last year for the opening of the Jarren’s Day softball tournament at the Spain Complex. The weekend contains a softball tournament, a glow-in-the-dark 5K run, a corn hole tournament and a motorcycle ride to raise funds to help with medical expenses. The event takes place Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23. (File photo)

Entertainment and community support for Jarren McTee will abound this weekend as the 11th annual softball tournament takes place.

Jarren, 10, was diagnosed at birth with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) after being deprived of oxygen during a traumatic delivery at birth.

HIE is defined as damage to the cells of the central nervous system from inadequate oxygen.

Darren has been working hard all his life to develop the muscle control to hold his head up, sit up on his own and learn to walk and talk with his adaptive equipment.

Funds raised from efforts such as the softball tournament go to help Jarren and his family with medical and equipment needs.

The weekend’s activities will kick off at 6 p.m. Friday, June 22 at the Spain Complex in Farmersville.

A barbecue dinner will be available for $10 a plate. Live music, an auction, bounce houses and face painting will also be on tap along with opening ceremonies. Opening ceremonies are at 7 p.m. Friday night.

There will be a washer tournament with a $10 entry fee per team, a 1-mile-fun run at 8:30 p.m. for $15, a glow-in-the-dark 5K Run for $25 at 9 p.m. and the softball tournament for $200 per team.

On Saturday, June 23, softball games will resume at 8:30 a.m. along with the annual motorcycle ride.

According to organizers, the motorcycle ride was moved to Saturday to allow more riders to participate.

There is a $20 entry fee for the motorcycle ride which will start out at the TA Truckstop in Rockwall. Local riders can hop in at 10:15 a.m. at Brookshire’s in Farmersville.

The ride will go through Caddo Mills, Floyd, Merit and stop for lunch at Lea’s in Leonard.

For general questions call Jennifer Fetty at 972-658-9329. For questions regarding the softball tournament call Paula Coleman at 972-365-9947. For motorcycle ride information call Kevin Stanley at 972-989-8524.

By Wyndi Veigel • News Editor • [email protected]

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