By Dustin Ensinger
Competition will breed more competition this Saturday at the 4th annual Battle of the Bags.
The 64-team cornhole tournament will once again raise money for the Special Olympics of Delaware County.
The event is the organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year, generally bringing in about $10,000 to $12,000, according to Sharon Taylor, a local coordinator with the Special Olympics of Delaware County.
The event, which begins at noon at Joe’s Original in Lewis Center, is all the more important this year because the organization lost $20,000 in funding last year .
“With the loss of that $20,000 we’re going to have to really push for more fundraisers,” Taylor said.
It costs about $225 for each of the 275 or so Delaware County Special Olympians to participate in an event. Fundraisers allow those athletes to compete for free.
“All the money that we raise helps them to participate at no cost,” said Laurie Hollingsworth, a committee member with the Special Olympics of Delaware County.
More than the competition though, the Special Olympics is about watching the athletes grow, Taylor said.
“Special Olympics just gives so much more self confidence to our athletes,” she said. “It just does wonders for them.”
Those raising money for the Special Olympics of Delaware County this Saturday will be competing for cash prizes – over $1,800 worth.
The winning team will receive a cash prize of $360. Each of the top 16 teams will also receive cash prizes.
Just 10 spots were open in the 64-team field as of Thursday morning. Registration information can be obtained at battleofthebags.com
In addition, the Special Olympics of Delaware County is also seeking sponsor for the event. For more information on sponsorships, contact Taylor at 740-201-3555.
“Any sponsor would allow us to continue to grow,” she said.
Sponsorships are also available for a 5k race on Sept. 6 and a wine and beer tasting on Nov. 8.
Dustin Ensinger can be reached at 740-413-0902 or on Twitter @EnsingerDG.