It’s all about fun, friendship and fundraising for a group of ball players in Kamloops.
The third annual Hits for Hearts (find it on Facebook by searching Hits for Hearts) — softball tournament is scheduled for the July 16 weekend.
In the past, money raised has been donated to Love Hard Kamloops and the Kamloops Aboriginal Friendship Society. This year, the goal is to donate $3,000 to Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc.
With a growing list of Kamloops businesses donating money and prizes to the cause, organizer Dallas Commodore feels confident participants will hit the financial goal.
“Man, this is a crazy year,” Commodore said. “I’m overwhelmed, but so happy with how it’s taking off. We originally started with six teams, but now we are able to have eight teams due to the very generous donation of lights from Warner Rentals.
“They have been a huge support for us and we are so grateful for them. We are grateful to all of our sponsors and supporters.”
Commodore and her husband started the tournament in 2018 to honour her parents, who were both struggling with heart conditions. She said her parents used to be dedicated ball players on a team called the 69ers, a name she carried to her current team.
“We called the tournament Hits for Hearts, both to acknowledge my parents and because we want to touch hearts in our community,” Commodore said.
“Usually each team in the tournament comes with spectators and a pack of kids. We are super family-friendly. The 69ers are family to me and I couldn’t imagine not having my team in my life. I love the ball community.”
While Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc is not a registered charity, the band is accepting donations to help with the ongoing search and post-search work being done in connection with the recent discovery of unmarked graves on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.
Cash donations can be sent by email/etransfer to email@example.com. Donations will be accepted until the end of July.
Commodore said she loves supporting her community.
“This year, my heart knows this is the right way to give back,” she said. “My heart breaks for the First Nations communities as they continue to make tragic discoveries. Other ways people can help support this year’s cause is to educate yourself about First Nations history and culture. Be respectful, stand together and listen.”