The 2013 NJCAA Division II National Tournament officially began here Tuesday on the campus of Mississippi College.
The Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats, along with the other 15 teams in the tournament, attended the Opening Ceremonies Banquet in the BC Rogers Building.
Each team in the tournament was introduced and went to the main stage to perform a cheer for the crowd.
Tournament Director Ray Holloway, the City of Clinton Parks and Recreation Department Director, introduced the tournament committee and Clinton mayor Rosemary Aultman welcomed the teams to Clinton.
NJCAA representative Berdy Kuiken and National Fastpitch Coaches Association Senior Director of Events Hildred Deese addressed the audience.
Former Hinds Community College and Jackson State University football player Antonio Wright, who is paralyzed from the waist down following a car accident in 1997, gave an inspirational talk to the players. Wright is the founder and CEO of Metro Area Community Empowerment Incorporated.
A meal was served for all players, coaches, school officials and tournament staff.
Clinton Alderman-at-Large Jehu Brabham served as master of ceremonies.
The Lady Bobcats, seeded No. 5, begin play in the tournament at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday vs. Lincoln Land Community College (Ill.), the 12th seed. The game will be audiocast on www.jcjc.tv and http://www.ihigh.com/njcaatv.
At 6 p.m. on Wednesday, there will be a Home Run Derby with a representative from each team participating. At 7 p.m., a barbecue social will be served for everyone and a fireworks display takes place at 8:15 p.m.
The double-elimination tournament will end on Saturday.