If the first two years are any indication, the Cory Holm Memorial Heart and Hustle Softball Tournament may be looking for additional space to play in the future. The second annual event concluded August 4 with an increased field of teams, playing at three locations in Emmett, and crowning a repeat champion.
Tom’s Cabin won its second title in the event honoring the memory of former Emmett High athlete Cory Holm. Holm had played high school sports in Emmett with several members of the Tom’s Cabin co-ed softball team. They defeated the Mavericks in the 38th game of the tournament which featured 18 squads from throughout the Treasure Valley.
Hoppel Field on 12th Street served as the anchor field for the tournament but softball fields at Emmett Middle School and Emmett High also had to be utilized this year. Full concessions were provided at two of the locations but if the tournament continues to grow additional use of fields at EHS might necessitate additional support staff and concessions for that site as well.
Between tournament entries, concessions, silent auctions and raffles, the Heart and Hustle has been able to endow an athletic scholarship at Treasure Valley Community College, fund two additional scholarships on an annual basis, and help fund a number of local youth sports projects in Emmett.
Event organizers say that the 2019 event fundraising is right at $15,000 at this time with the opportunity for individuals to still contribute to the final total online at coryholm.com. The tournament is run entirely by volunteer forces and generous community support including concession materials, gift baskets, and raffle prizes. Any excess concession items are forwarded to local sports programs like Emmett football to assist their needs.
One of the items that current funds are being target toward is the proposed construction of a pressbox and concession facility at EHS’s Pat Daniels Field that will be named in Cory Holm’s memory.
Holm, a 2011 EHS graduate was an all-District performer in three sports but had an extra passion for baseball. He was critically injured in an on-field accident in the fall of 2012 while playing at Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Ore. The neck and head injury he received left him paralyzed from the neck down. Holm died April 1, 2018 from complications related to the injury and paralysis.
A full accounting of Holm’s story and the inspiration he continues to provide for the Heart and Hustle Tournament can be found at coryholm.com under Cory’s Journey tab.