Athletes to work softball tournament at Wayne Gray

Robert E. Lee athletes will give back to the community this weekend when the Special Olympics arrives for a softball tournament in Baytown.

The Ganders football, volleyball, softball and baseball teams will aid Special Olympics Texas Regional Softball Tournament and Bocce Competition which takes place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Wayne Gray Sports Complex.

The tournament, which will kick off with opening ceremonies at 9 a.m. Team registrations begin at 8 a.m.

REL senior softball player Megan Fox led the organization efforts for the students helping out at the tournament.

“We are going to go and help with organizing and running the event,” Fox said. “It was mainly supposed to be just softball, but I got it to where baseball, football and volleyball are all going to do it. This is our way of giving back to the community.

“We are going to help with batting and throwing. Volleyball is going to help at athlete village where they help the kids get around to the different stations and show people around.”

Fox also noted members of the Gander Flock comprise a large number of students that will head to Wayne Gray.

REL campus athletic coordinator Tim Finn said athletes and fans comprise the Gander Flock. 

“It’s our first year and we had our inauguration at our first home football game,” Finn said. “They buy the T-shirt and they become a part of the student support group and they go to all the games.

“It started with athletes supporting athletes, but we also like to get the student body involved supporting the athletes.”

This tournament is one of six taking place across the state.

“It’s a pretty big event,” Fox said. “This is a great way for the Gander Flock to give back and do it through a sport.”

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