Kickball was once a game limited mostly to school playgrounds and P.E. classes, but in the last two decades it has surged in popularity for adults. Saturday in Columbia, a crowd of lovers of the game put their skills to use to benefit a good cause.

The inaugural Kickball Tournament Benefit for Homeless No More brought 10 teams together at Earlewood Park on North Main Street, with all proceeds going to benefit the homeless families at St. Lawrence Place, Family Shelter, and Live Oak Place.

“I think everybody’s having fun,” said Homeless No More CEO Lila Anna Sauls. “We have a good mix of competitive teams and teams just here to support the mission.”

Fat Bellies Food Truck was on hand to keep the competitors hydrated and energized. The Fat Bellies team donated 10 percent of proceeds to Homeless No More from the day’s sales of BBQ chicken, pork, and brisket sandwiches, tacos, and nachos.

All entrants also had a chance to win raffle prizes, and Homeless No More staff members and volunteers served as umpires and organizers for the tournament.

The tournament will be back for year two in 2020. Information on Homeless No More’s work to help those in need of a place to live is available at

Categories: Columbia, Richland County, Sports

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