14th Annual Travis Roy Foundation WIFFLE Ball Tournament

Best Weekend of the Year: 14th Annual Travis Roy Foundation WIFFLE Ball Tournament On Tap For August 14-16

ESSEX, Vt. — One of the highlights of the late summer in Vermont, the 14th annual Travis Roy Foundation WIFFLE Ball Tournament returns to the diamond and will be held on August 14 to 16, 2015 (Friday-Sunday) in Essex, Vermont. The theme of this year’s fun-filled event is ‘The Best Weekend of The Year’ and it again will be held at Pat and Beth O’Connor’s three backyard fields, Little Fenway, Little Wrigley and Little Field of Dreams. The tourney is open to the public and admission is free.

All funds go to the foundation that benefits and creates awareness for people with spinal cord injuries, and is named after the former Boston University men’s hockey player who resides with his family in nearby Malletts Bay in Colchester each summer.

Last year’s tourney saw the debut of a third field, Little Field of Dreams, modeled after the cornfield ballpark in Dyersville, Iowa that was the site of the 1989 classic movie, ‘Field of Dreams’. It joined the two quarter-scale replicas of the two oldest big league ballparks allowing the tournament to expand from 24 to 28 teams. The 2014 tourney raised just under $475,000 to push the 13-year fundraising total to a staggering $2.9 million, making it one of the largest all-volunteer, athletic-related charitable fundraisers in the Green Mountain State.

In last year’s championship game the Staten Island Yankees, one of the seven original teams to compete in each tournament, captured its second team title holding off the Jackhammers of Braintree, Mass.

The tournament opens on Friday, August 14 with games on all three fields, and runs through the championship game on Sunday, August 16. Also on Friday will be the opening ceremonies at Little Fenway featuring the annual Celebrities-Sponsor game. All 28 teams are filled for the tourney but in addition to the action on the field, many other events will be held throughout the weekend including a silent auction, many raffles, the Scooter’s Pretzel’s Home Run Derby, a kid’s WIFFLE ball game and other fun kid’s activities including face painting, games and other contests. The complete schedule and a full list of celebrities will be announced prior to the tournament.

Donations and team pledges for the 28-team tourney will be accepted at the site and on line at the official website of the tournament: http://www.travisroyfoundation.org/trf-wiffleball-tournament

For the fifth straight year tournament action will be streamed live on the internet on the Pack Network. The opening ceremonies and celebrity-sponsor game, Saturday’s money count ceremony and Sunday’s title game will be aired live as well as game action from Little Fenway throughout the weekend.

For more information on the Travis Roy Foundation, visit: http://www.travisroyfoundation.org
Little Fenway website: http://www.littlefenway.com/fenway/home
Live streaming video: http://www.packnetwork.com