‘We build family’: BC slo-pitch tournament highlights addiction recovery community – BC

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The loud crack of bats rang out in Burnaby, B.C., for an annual addiction recovery softball tournament on Saturday.

The sporting event, Summer Slam Slo-Pitch, consists of 28 teams consisting of players recovering from addiction.

The tournament began in 2016 and is organized by Together We Can, a Canadian non-profit addiction treatment provider.

“This is the largest recovery ball tournament in the country. Slo-pitch is an opportunity to create community and community,” said Stacey Wilson, Executive Director of Together We Can.

“It is building bonds (and) pouring mortar into the foundation of recovery.”

Wilson said for some, especially those who may not have family or are estranged from their families, it is an opportunity for people to come together and build relationships with people who understand each other and the issues they face.

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“We are building a family. We are all family and we are all in the same boat.”

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One of those athletes is Rob Slater. He started a team called the Devil’s Rejects a few years ago.

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“(The team) is for people who are new to ball and new to recovery. I’m just trying to help them,” Slater told Global News.

Slater said his addiction began in his teens and his recovery journey began in his mid-20s.

“I’m forty now. Recovery ball has been a big, important part of (my sobriety),” he said.

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“It has kept me connected to people and made me feel part of a community. When you are addicted, you get lost and feel (alone).

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“This community… you just feel united.”

The tournament will take place all weekend at the Riverway Sport Complex in Burnaby.

It is a family-inclusive event. Participants were encouraged to bring everyone along to enjoy the two days of festivities.

Other events during the tournament included face painting, a bounce house and a hot dog eating contest.

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