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Inaugural kickball season ends with celebration Sunday

The very first Over-the-Rhine Urban Kickball League is coming to a close. After 6 weeks of play with 12 teams, the end of the season is upon us. This league was truly a collaborative effort, with people all over the community coming together to have fun and integrate more into the OTR neighborhood.

Though there has been a bit of a learning curve in everything from figuring out the rules to allowing kids from the neighborhood to participate (but not overrun the game), all the teams demonstrated an incredible amount of team-work, sportsmanship, and patience as we did our best to straddle the line between competitive play and old fashioned fun.

Sunday, December 5th marks the final day of the season with an afternoon of playoff games to determine the league champions. The top six teams will be battling it out on the old School for Creative & Performing Arts ball field starting at 12.30pm, with the final two teams playing a championship game at 4.30pm. Unofficial league mascot and neighbor Jiim Tarbell will be rolling the opening pitch of the championship game on Sunday.

League members, fans, friends, family and OTR supporters are all invited to any or all of the championship games, as well as the afterparty and season celebration at the official kickball bar, Neon’s Unplugged. after the last game. Local vendors will be hawking warm treats during the game, and the Hudepohl Amber Lager, Hoist and other libations will be flowing at Neon’s. The season and kickball experience has been a fun and unique one, and we hope that you can join us – if not at the game, then next time around!

By Jenny Kessler

Jenny is a local designer who has a passion for people and for Cincinnati. She began writing for UrbanCincy in September 2009, and served as the website's operation manager until March 2012. Jenny currently works for ArtsWave and manages the OTR Urban Kickball League.