VALDOSTA – One could not count on to see a gaggle of individuals gathered to cheer on ping pong balls casually floating down Paradise River inside Splash Island at Wild Adventures Theme Park however that is precisely what occurred Saturday afternoon.
Why the cheering?
For individuals whose ping pong ball made it by way of the funnel system arrange on the finish of the river first, there was a sequence of sponsored prizes with the grand prize being a selection between $2,000 money or a one-year lease on a 2020 Nissan Versa from TKO Nissan, which additionally donated the ping pong balls.
The race itself was a singular technique to elevate funds for the Miracle League of Valdosta, a corporation that enables youngsters and adults with disabilities to take part in sports activities applications, mentioned Andy Gibbs, founder and league director.
Ping pong balls have been bought for both $5 per ball, $25 for six, $50 for 12 or $100 for 25. There was no restrict to what number of balls an individual may buy and orders may very well be positioned on-line within the days main as much as the occasion.
Gibbs wished a technique to acquire assist for the league even throughout COVID, making an outdoor race in an open house akin to Wild Adventures excellent for each enjoyable and social distancing.
Greater than 20 space companies and eating places supplied prizes for the occasion.
All 1,000 out there ping pong balls have been bought for the race with 100% of the proceeds going to assist pay for the Miracle League discipline and amenities and assist give youngsters and adults scholarships to play baseball, organizers mentioned.
Mayor Scott James Matheson performed the function of each mayor and emcee for the day, noting he admires the group.
Whereas Gibbs mentioned COVID threw a wrench into a number of the earlier fundraising plans, Miracle League nonetheless has just a few extra issues within the works.
Desiree Carver is a reporter on the Valdosta Each day Instances. She might be reached at (229) 244-3400 ext. 1215.