The highly successful charitable tournament is a regional effort put on by the cities of Salem and Roanoke and the counties of Roanoke and Botetourt. Entries have increased for this year’s tournament with 180 teams from nine different states set to compete.

In 38 years, the tournament has taken in over $800,000, and put that money right back in the hands of individuals with health problems, as well as deserving college students who need financial assistance. These funds are also used to help support youth sports throughout the greater Roanoke Valley. In 2018 alone, the tournament handed out over $20,000 to deserving individuals and organizations.

Games are scheduled for the James I. Moyer Sports Complex – the tournament headquarters, the Botetourt Sports Complex and fields at the Salem Civic Center, Arnold R. Burton, Whispering Pines, Wasena Park, Huff Lane, Norwich Field and Oakey’s Field. This year’s event will feature the following divisions – Men’s Upper, Men’s D, Men’s E, Men’s Recreation, Women’s Division and Coed.

The Chance Crawford Softball Tournament began in the spring of 1981 to help a young Salem High School quarterback,…

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