Sparks Softball Tournament Rescheduled

FORT SMITH, AR (June 7, 2013) – Sparks Health System is hoping for sunny skies this Saturday as the health care provider once again steps up to the plate to host a fundraiser benefiting a local children’s charity.

Staff from area hospitals, fire departments, police stations and emergency response teams are gearing up to participate in the third annual Sparks Softball Challenge. The tournament will take place beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 8 at Ben Geren Regional Park, 7200 Zero St., Fort Smith. The event was previously scheduled for April 27, but rain caused the softball square-off to be postponed.

All funds raised during this year’s event will benefit Inter-Faith Preschool in Fort Smith. The non-profit provides pre-kindergarten care, education, meals and medical exams for 80 low-income students annually. The facility has operated solely on donations since its inception in 1967. The preschool’s director also works in the Emergency Department at Sparks.

Besides the action on the field, emergency vehicles and helicopters will also be on display for children to explore.

Last year’s “battle of the ERs” raised almost $1,000 for the Gregory Kistler Treatment Center. The Sparks Sparkans are the two-time tournament champs.

Sparks Health System includes Sparks Regional Medical Center, Sparks Clinic (an employed multi-specialty physician group), Sparks PremierCare physician-hospital organization, Sparks Home Health and the fully hospital-integrated Marvin Altman Fitness Center.