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Kickball Tournament Kicks Literacy Into High Gear

United Way Hosts 3rd Annual Kickball Tournament

Spring Hill, FL – (March 2, 2018) United Way of Hernando County proudly hosted their 3rd Annual "KICK" Start to Early Literacy Kickball Tournament at Anderson Snow Park on Saturday, February 17, 2018. This year’s event was a huge success and had a great turnout of friends, families, and community members who came on out that day to support United Way and the 16 teams competing for the Ultimate Traveling Trophy.

At the end of the day, Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative’s “WRECing Crew” and Patriot Lending’s “We’ve Got The Runs” battled it out during the championship game. WRECing Crew pulled threw and proudly took home the Ultimate Traveling Trophy and the title of 2018’s “KICK” Start to Early Literacy Champs!

Proceeds from team registration fees, BBQ sales, raffle prizes, and donations benefited United Way's Dolly Parton Imagination Library program which supplies Hernando children with a free book every month until the age of five. These books are distributed at no cost to the families, regardless of their economic status and sponsorship opportunities are available. This program currently has 1,600 children enrolled and as its popularity continues to grow, so does Hernando’s waiting list and need for additional funding. United Way is happy to announce that this year’s event will provide 1,852 additional books for the enrolled children.

2018 Kickball Champs: Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative – Team “WRECing Crew”

The following businesses competed in this year’s event:

  • Carter, Clendenin, & Foreman
  • Chamber Young Professionals
  • Monster Transmission & Performance
  • Oak Hill Hospital
  • Patriot Lending
  • Publix
  • SunTrust Bank
  • Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative

Thank you to the Proud Partners over at Pay It Forward Farm, People Helping People, NAMI Hernando, Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired & Blind, Premier Community Healthcare Group, and Frosty Bites for supporting United Way at the Kickball Tournament. United Way would also like to thank our volunteers and Board Members for donating their time to help make this event a success.

A special thank you to PJ the DJ from the Arc Nature Coast for keeping the party going with fun music, Simply Soothing for generously donating Bug Soother, and Wawa for providing the players with water.

For more information on sponsoring a child on the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program, call the United Way office at 352-688-2026 or email