Battle Ball in Beaufort

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Top photo: Kazzari Jones, 11, of Ridgeland, is all set to play a variation of musical chairs with her friends from the Ridgeland/Hardeeville Boys & Girls Club on Sept. 17 at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. Photos by Bob Sofaly.

Jazzan Jones, 13, left, of the Ridgeland/Hardeeville Boys & Girls Club, got the “acceleration” part of Newton’s Second Law figured out.
Jazzan Jones, 13, left, of the Ridgeland/Hardeeville Boys & Girls Club, got the “acceleration” part of Newton’s Second Law figured out.

By Bob Sofaly

Sir Isaac Newton said it best in his “Second Law” when he deduced that “force equals mass times acceleration,” but it took Battle Ball at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park to illustrate it for those without a background in mathematics.

It was the inaugural day on Sept. 17 for Battle Ball for the Northern Beaufort County Boys & Girls Club of the Lowcountry. And the smiles and enthusiasm of the participants showed that it was a huge success.

Wrapped in a cocoon of inflated plastic, children and adults play a variation of soccer and what only be described as semi-organized mayhem as they ran into each other over and over again.

For a small fee, one could play all the games or just bash into one’s friends and watch them roll on the grass.

“It’s the only time you get to hit someone without getting in trouble” someone said over the loud speaker.