10 years ago, Robert Jackson originated the Capital City Invitational Softball tournament to gather teams for all over the south to compete in the weekend tournament. Following his death in July of 2005, the tournament was renamed to the Robert '1-9" Jackson Memorial Softball Tournament and has been growing every year.
Robert's Uncle Oneal Jackson says,
"The comrodery of just particiapting in sports is out here. You see people that have played baseball at all levels. We have a couple of people that have played professional baseball, college ball, and high school ball, but it's just a great thing."
Robert's Sister Roshannon Jackson adds,
"The love of softball is spreading all around the states. Talking to the players and they they've seen more teams, more competative tournaments goin gon and they're just excited."
With the growth of the tournament, friends and family say that Robert would be proud of how far his project has grown.
Oneal Jackson adds,
"We I think Robert would have a big smile on his face. he would have really enjoyed it because he was a baseball player, well he was an athlete."
His goal was to have 100 teams in the two day event, and with his message reaching all over the south, his goal can become a reality.