The 24-hour “Covering the Bases” event, which will raise funds for special needs athletes, starts at 7 p.m. Friday at Horizon Field, 3883 Old McEver Road in Acworth.
Acworth Police Chief Wayne Dennard said the event will benefit the Horizon League, which offers spring and fall baseball and summer kickball to special needs youth and adults.
“We’re going to have the bases covered for everyone to play a team sport,” Dennard said of the origins of the event’s name. “We have an opportunity for people to play ball who may not have had that opportunity to play before.”
In its four previous years, the event has raised more than $80,000. Dennard said this money has gone toward scholarships for Horizon League participants, as well as clinics and additional seasons. Organizers are looking to raise at least $20,000 this year.
The event will include a silent auction, featuring a jersey autographed by former Atlanta Braves pitcher Tom Glavine as well as tickets to an upcoming Braves game. In addition, live music, a “Dance Club on the Field” and a showing of the movie “Big Miracle” will take place.
An all-night kickball tournament, which is open to anyone, starts at midnight. Dennard said organizers are expecting 300 people to take part.
At 9 a.m. Saturday, the fall Horizon league season will begin, with more entertainment throughout the day. People can also raise funds by walking or running the bases and seeking sponsors to pledge money for their success.
“There’s no sign up, just show up,” Dennard said. “Even if you don’t have a dime to offer, just show up and show your support.”