DANVILLE — “We play rain or shine, this is football weather,” said Jim Sorgi, former Colts quarterback, commenting on the weather this past Saturday morning. “Football was a big part of my life so I figured ‘why don’t I get a couple of guys I played with to come out and play the game that we all enjoy playing?’”
The inaugural Indiana Hurricanes Celebrity Flag Football Tournament took place this past Saturday at the Danville Youth Football Fields behind Ellis Park in Danville. The fundraiser, organized by Sorgi and his wife Lana, is to help support the Indy Hurricanes 8U traveling baseball team that Sorgi’s son plays on.
The morning started with some rain and cold weather, but the reason for everyone to be there made the day worthwhile.
“It’s expensive to play travel baseball,” Sorgi said. “The coaches and wives came together and decided to do one big fundraiser instead of trying to do a bunch of small fundraisers. We knocked it out with one swoop and I think we’ve succeeded with much collective effort.”
The Indiana Hurricanes 8U baseball team plays off of 21st Street on Girls School Road, right behind the Ben Davis fields. But the team travels all over, with four or five tournaments being out of state. Between the equipment, the travel to and from, hotels and the tournaments, the coaches want to take the burden off of the parents in any way they can.
To create a flag football team, players had to be 18 or older, have around 10 players on the team, and contribute the entry fee of $300, which included a cinch bag, T-shirt and other items.
Brett Clark got some friends together to make a team for the fundraiser.
“We thought we’d come out and support them,” Clark said. “This is a lot of fun. It’s a great day for football.”