Everyone we help becomes a part of our extended family. Below are the people and families we've helped over the last seven years.
The inaugural charity game was held in honor of West Haven native, Casey Ridgeway. Casey was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. Casey passed away two years later after a strong fight. She was loved by family and friends and will remain forever in our hearts.
Our second year was held for East Haven native, Jeff Lesh. Jeff was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer. Jeff enjoyed many artistic endeavors, even working as an architect for many years. Sadly, Jeff passed away the day after our tournament. He was a great man and will never be forgotten.
Eva Grace Kelly
Year three saw us raise money for Eva Grace Kelly, a West Haven native born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy. This year saw the simple softball game become a true tournament. We had food, a DJ, a singer for the National Anthem, and a Home Run derby. Four teams played and together we raised over $2,000! Eva is currently doing well and started kindergarten this year!
The McCarthy Family
Year four saw event was held for the McCarthy Family from Branford. Both McCarthy brothers were born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy. We were able to raise over $2,000
for the family to help them pay for hospital bills and equipment that the boys needed.
Thomas "Tinker" Blake was an icon to West Haven. His name became synonymous with sports in the town. He was diagnosed in November of 2013 with Multiple Systems Atrophy, a rare neurodegenerative disorder which affects both the autonomic nervous system and movement. We played our 2015 game in his honor. It was a privilage knowing him and he will be forever be known as "the voice of West Haven."
The Roman Family
For year six we held the tournament for the Roman Family from Waterbury.
Both of their children were born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy. We were able to
raise money that went to purchasing a van that was convereted to a handicap van
for the two children.
Jordan Sebastian was diagnosed in early March of 2017 with Stage 4 colon cancer.
Jordan is a former D1 football player who worked and coached at the Hopkins School.
A fierce competitor in sports, Jordan applied that same intensity to all aspects of his life. He was tough; he was resilient, and did everything with relentless determination. Jordan passed away after a strong battle in October of 2017. He will always be remembered for the positive influence he was to all he met.