BLAIR COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — The Bellwood Antis Youth Softball League (BAYSL) is holding a fundraising tournament for a disease found mostly in children.
The “Swinging for a Cure” tournament for boys and girls 8 to 10 is the organization’s first 10-and-under tournament and will take place from Saturday, Aug. 20 at 8:30 a.m. to Sunday, Aug. 21 at 5:30 p.m. at the organization’s softball field in Bellwood.
The tournament will raise money for diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), an aggressive and inoperable brain tumor that affects children of all ages, but is most common in children ages 5 to 7 years old.
“We are incredibly excited to be hosting our first ever tournament and charity,” Board of Directors, Jenn Miller, said.
The event is in memory of Madison Shura, a Bellwood student who passed away from DIPG in 2017 when she was 8 years old. All proceeds from the tournament will go to the Chadtough foundation, an organization dedicated to finding a cure for DIPG.
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The event is still in need of volunteers for both days, including announcers, concession stand workers and raffle and t-shirt table volunteers.
To get involved or to donate, message BAYSL on Facebook. Gift baskets are still being accepted as well and will be raffled on Facebook. Winners do not have to be present at the tournament.
T-shirts will also be for sale at the tournament.
Miller said the jerseys will be pink, and Madison’s name will be on the girls’ batting helmets. Madison’s family will throw out the first pitch of the tournament along with a butterfly release. Her little sister, Libby, is playing in the tournament.
Each team will play five games on Saturday. The teams will then be seeded based on their performances and play in elimination games on Sunday.
Teams registered for $350 and are guaranteed at least five games at the tournament. Fan admission is free.