High Touch, Special Olympics Kansas Step Up State Softball and Golf Tournament to Celebrate 42 Years of Inspiration
July 17, 2012
Wichita, Kan. – More than 400 athletes from around the state will gather in Wichita July 27-29 for the annual Special Olympics Kansas State Softball and Golf Tournament.
High Touch, Inc. is the presenting sponsor and has been working on planning the logistics of the Tournament since January. This annual event is part of High Touch’s corporate stewardship program, which facilitates the company’s commitment to the local community in which its employees live and work.
All area fans are invited to join the fun on Saturday, July 28, when more than 100 volunteers will fan out across TRYC Fields to spend the day serving lunches, keeping score, umpiring games, and most of all encouraging Special Olympics athletes. The softball tournament begins at 7:50 a.m., with an opening ceremony to include American Legion Riders parading onto the field, the National Anthem being sung by a participating athlete, and the first “pitches” being thrown by Wichita Vice Mayor Janet Miller, Wichita City Council Member Michael O’Donnell, Sedgwick County Commissioner Karl Peterjohn, and High Touch Technologies CEO Wayne Chambers.
“At High Touch, we feel it is important to be active participants in the community and giving back through efforts such as this is one of those initiatives,” said Wayne Chambers, High Touch president and CEO. “Each year High Touch employees look forward to the Special Olympics Tournament, and I’m proud of them for taking the time to assist with this cause.”
Chambers also noted that High Touch employees have raised enough money to support the success of the Tournament. As High Touch joins Special Olympics Kansas in celebrating 42 years of hugs, cheers and inspiration, they will provide each athlete a commemorative t-shirt and baseball cap at the close of the event when athletes are recognized for their participation.
“High Touch employees have really stepped up to the plate to facilitate this Tournament from start to finish,” said Tim Rehder Special Olympics Kansas, SR. VP Sports & Competition. “They have raised the bar to ensure this event is memorable for our athletes.”
Water is a key element for the athletes over the weekend. If you can donate a case of water please contact Tracy Lucas or drop off at the High Touch Technologies Distribution Center at 818 E. Orme before Friday, July 27.
Additional sponsors of the tournament at the platinum level include: Premier Deployments, Personnel Services Inc., FH Kaysing Company and Bill & Linda Farris.
High Touch, Inc. is the presenting sponsor for the State Softball and Golf Tournament.
In 1975, Special Olympics Kansas added softball as an official sport. It is also a sport of the USA National Games. Special Olympics Kansas provides training year-round in 22 sports to 4,232 athletes in Kansas. The organization also provides health and nutrition programs and leadership development. SOKS is dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society. To learn more about SOKS, visit www.ksso.org.