By Ted Meadows
Once again, the Crossville men senior softball players, sponsored by the City of Crossville, made a successful showing at the State of Tennessee Senior Olympic Games in Franklin.
All three age groups medaled this year 60-64, bronze; 65-69, silver; and 70+, bronze.
The 70+ team, winner of the gold medals in the previous two State Senior Olympics had the honor of representing the State of Tennessee and Crossville in the National Senior Games in Houston, TX, in June and, though not medalling this year, the team acquitted itseft splendidly.
Men's senior softball has grown every year since it began in 2001 trying to get enough players to play a game. Today, there are approximately 100 players on the roster including players who drive from Putnam, White and Overton counties. They had a player from Roane County, but he chose to buy a home and move to Crossville to avoid the drive.
Forty to 50 players show up at 8:30 to 9 a.m. every Monday and Thursday, weather permitting, throughout the year, except for the few weeks in the winter when it is just too cold.
All of our men and two ladies wish to extend our thanks and gratitude to the Crossville City Council for their continued support of senior softball. We are also indebted to the Crossville Parks and Recreation Department for providing them an unequaled venue at Centennial Park. Thanks also to Jeff Hughes who sponsored who sponsored us in the early years.
This year we are also indebted to the banks and businesses of Crossville for their financial support that helped make it possible for our seniors to compete, not only in the State Games in Franklin, but also in the National Games in Houston, TX. We specifically want to thank Cumberland County Bank, First Bank, US Bank, Dave Kirk Chevrolet, East Tennessee Dodge, Friends and Family Restaurant, Cumberland Hearing and Kyle Keeton. We also enjoyed the support and backing of The Crossville, Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce and The Crossville Chronicle.
We would like to extend an invitation to all of our senior friends in the area to join us as we continue to play and enjoy the game of softball. No arrangements are necessary. Just bring a glove and show up on any Monday or Thursday at field 1 of the Warner Complex at Centennial Park. Our skill levels range from being able to walk to "pretty durn good." You won't be embarrassed, but you will get some exercise, socialize with a great group of people and have a lot of fun.
Look us up on the Web at crossvilleseniorsoftball.blogspot.com.