Southern Oregon addiction recovery festival returns Friday
An event that celebrates addiction recovery and first-responders — along with some friendly softball competition between the two — returns to Medford this weekend.
Eight softball teams, including teams composed of local police, local fire departments and four teams of Southern Oregonians in addiction recovery groups, will compete in a double elimination softball tournament as part of the key draw of the second annual Strong and Courageous Recovery festival.
The event organized by the addictions recovery nonprofit ROC Recovery Center will kick off at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, at U.S. Cellular Community Park, 300 Lowry Lane in Medford, and runs through Sunday.
On Saturday, the festival celebrating “freedom from addiction” will include a Family Fun Zone, carnival games and prizes and dozens of outreach and health and wellness organizations, according to the nonprofit’s Clinical Supervisor Derrick Kinley.
Those organizations include the youth focused Hearts with a Mission and Youth715 ministries, addiction recovery focused nonprofits such as OnTrack and the Addictions Recovery Center, and wellness organizations such as AllCare Health, Jackson Care Connect and Columbia Care, according to Kinley.
At 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, the event will include a worship service hosted by pastor Doug Gould, the nonprofit’s executive director, and featuring musical guest Frankie Hernandez.
Softball semifinals begin at 1 p.m., a championship game is scheduled for 3 p.m. with awards and a raffle for prizes that include a Microsoft Surface laptop
The idea, according to Kinley, is to build “a community awareness that recovery is possible.”
Kinley said he wants the event to cater to those still struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, but acknowledging that “there’s a lot of stress in our world,” Kinley said the event is for people recovering from any form of addiction.
“That’s what the ROC stands for — Restoring Our Community,” Kinley said.
For more information, see rocrecoverycenter.org.
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