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Thursday September 27, 2012Softball in the Community: Gators Host Special Olympics of Alachua County Softball Squad

Gainesville, Fla.

Just two weeks out from Florida softball's fall ball opener, the Gators took time out of a busy conditioning and class schedule to host the Special Olympics of Alachua County at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium Wednesday evening.

The Alachua County Special Olympics softball squad, preparing for an upcoming state-wide softball tournament, teamed up with members of UF's softball team for a two-hour scrimmage to brush up on some softball skills and strategy, while having a little fun on the softball diamond as well.

The Alachua-based organization visited the Gator softball team and KSP Stadium for the second time this fall thanks, to the University of Florida's Athletic Association Office of Student Life. Through the Goodwill Gators Community Outreach Program, Florida strives to foster citizenship between UF coaches, student-athletes and the greater Gainesville community.

Florida head coach Tim Walton places just as much emphasis on community service and community involvement as he does on success in the classroom academically and on the field of play, and the Gators took advantage of a sunny Gainesville afternoon to spend some time with their Alachua County Special Olympics friends.

Wednesday's community service softball scrimmage was just one of several upcoming charity events that the Gators will participate in, including Saturday's University of Florida Climb for Cancer event, along with a team trip to local Shands Hospital in the near future.

The softball program will additionally play host to its annual Swing for Cancer charity event Oct. 14 following its 2 p.m. fall softball game versus Daytona State College at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. Stay posted to www.GatorZone.com and follow the Gators on Twitter @GatorZoneSBall and Facebook for information as fall softball approaches.

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