INDIAN LAKE - Softball players gathered at Benton Field in Indian Lake Feb. 27 to play in a slow-pitch softball tournament with a little twist. They stepped into snowshoes and hit the field in order to raise funds for the National Kidney Foundation.
Sponsored by Barefoot Wine, Indian Lake Restaurant, the Bear Trap and the town of Indian Lake, the event raised $3,000 that will be donated to the foundation.
The tournament was organized by Elizabeth Cannan and she never thought it would reach that level of popularity.
"I didn't think it was going to be as big as it was and I am amazed at the support we received from the community," she said.
It featured 80 players on eight teams in a single elimination format. Over 175 people, however, attended the event as spectators.
Cannan remembers when snowshoe softball was once an event at the annual Winterfest celebration, but has since disappeared. She wanted to bring the tradition back to Indian Lake.
"I wanted to see this event continue and thought a benefit event was the perfect opportunity," she said.
Team Fierce, made up of all Indian Lake residents, took the tournament championship.
Cannan was pleased with the results and hopes to make the tournament an annual event with the continued support from her volunteers.
"An event can be planned to perfection, but will never be a success without volunteers," she said.