Respiratory Care Club to host Softball Tournament


softballRegistration Closes Oct. 1

Columbia State Community College’s Respiratory Care Club is hosting its first “Lungs of Steel” slow-pitch softball tournament Oct. 19, and registration is open for any co-ed teams who are interested.

“The Respiratory Care Club wanted to do another type of fundraiser to help with the many expenses we have in addition to our tuition,” said Rachel Curtis, respiratory care student and tournament organizer. “We thought this would be a really fun and outgoing event to host.”

Curtis, a former Columbia State softball player, explains that the fundraiser will help pay for the state convention which is held in April and will help sophomores offset the cost of Kettering, the intensive exam preparation seminar that prepares students for the challenging licensing exam.

“The respiratory care students work hard both in and out of the classroom to become knowledgeable, well-trained therapists,” said R. David Johnson, program director and associate professor of respiratory care. “The convention and Kettering really help students gear up for their licensure exams, which are necessary for employment.”

Registration is open until Oct. 1 and is $125 per co-ed team. The tournament begins at 8 a.m. and will take place on Airport Road in Lewisburg, next to the little league park. For additional details, contact Curtis at (931) 619-0343 or Aaron Etienne at (931) 242-1548.

The RCC will also donate a portion of the proceeds to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.


Columbia State’s respiratory care program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. All students participate in supervised, hands-on care in a variety of area healthcare settings and receive adult, pediatric and neonatal training. For more information, visit