Our Mission: To celebrate Justin by providing athletic and educational opportunities for underserved youth in the greater Lehigh Valley.
This year we are adding some activities for the day, come out and participate, or be a fan and cheer your team on.
One of the highlights this year will be the All Star Baseball Clinic, sponsored by St. Luke’s University Health Network and Justin Sheftel Memorial Fund. We will have Steve Carlton and “star” local baseball players participating with well known coaches and players from the Lehigh Valley. The clinic is for the middle and high school players, and free for players associated with a non-profit, school or Little League organization. For more information to sign up, and on the clinic see the tabs below:
For more information, contact Stephenie Stark — Stephenie.firstname.lastname@example.org
A Consent Form is required, please complete and bring to the clinic: ConsentForm
“Buzzed Driving Simulation”
New for 2019 is a drunk driving simulation course sponsored by Vinart dealerships in partnership with Buckle Up PA and the Highway Safety Network. Participants will have the opportunity to experience impaired driving first-hand.
Through a pair of “drunk goggles”, participants will drive golf carts around a series of cones. The driver will lose depth perception, vision will be impaired as well as their balance. A police officer will accompany them in the passenger seat and talk to them during the driving course. Drivers will be able to interact and explain what they are feeling and why.
Participants can also wear the goggles to play a bean bag toss game to provide them with another perspective. The Lehigh Valley DUI/Highway Safety Task Force trailer will be on display with an information booth as well.
For the Kiddies and Adults having fun… we have Tie Dying, Face Painting with glitter tattoos and henna, Photo Booth, and a Caricature. Have fun getting your picture taken or drawn, then paint your face!
SUPPORTING OUR CHARITIES
We felt we have a perfect venue to provide some extra support to Allentown School District DRIVE program and to BikeWorks. We are asking you to clean out your garages, basements, and closets, to find old, used bikes and slightly used baseball equipment. The bikes will be refurbished and the baseball equipment used by the players.
The flyers below will provide more info:
We are excited to share our history over the past 15 years, how we have honored Justin and impacted our community, please take a moment to listen:
This year the Sports Clinic, co-sponsored by St. Luke’s and Justin Sheftel Memorial Fund will be focused on baseball skills, with a combine approach; participants will move thru the clinic stations. These stations are:
Station and Position Work
Pitching and Catching
Middle Infield – 1st and 3rd base
Sports Performance for Baseball
Steve Carlton 1984 Hall-of-Fame pitcher (Phillies) and four time Cy Young Award Winner, Patrick Donnelly Liberty High School and Lehigh University standout, and Tim Nieman DeSales University Head Baseball Coach will be part of the Clinic with other local baseball coaches and players.
There is a charge of $20 for the clinic, no charge for participants involved with a non profit, youth or sports organization. Fee is collected on site the day of event.
St. Luke’s will be back for 2019 as the Presenting Sponsor.
St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) is the region’s largest hospital system with six acute care hospitals. Hospitals are located in Allentown, Bethlehem, Coaldale, Easton and Quakertown, as well as in Philipsburg, NJ. St. Luke’s seventh hospital, located in Monroe County, is scheduled to go online in 2016. St. Luke’s is one of Truven’s 100 Top Hospitals and a top 15 teaching hospital. The Network is comprised of over 1,400 physicians and provides out-patient services at over 200 locations. Areas of exceptional medical expertise include: Oncology, Heart/Vascular, Neuroscience, Orthopedics/Sports Medicine and an Adult Level I Trauma Center.
Look for their athletic trainers who will be available for some conditioning, stretching and sports injury care as needed.
St. Luke’s Sports Medicine, a service of St. Luke’s University Health Network, is the largest provider of Sports Medicine services in the Greater Lehigh Valley region. St. Luke’s provides athletic trainer and team doctor services as well as orthopedic surgery, physical therapy, primary care sports medicine, concussion testing and care, sports performance training, fitness centers and nutrition counseling.
At the tournament this year look for the St. Luke’s trainers, they will be on hand for first aid services, and warm up before the games.
The Community Health Department of St. Luke’s University Health Network continues to strive to achieve its mission of partnering with the community to increase health awareness, improve the health status of the community and encourage appropriate access to health services. The Bethlehem Partnership for a Healthy Community<http://www.slhn.org/About/Community-Support/Bethlehem-Partnership-Healthy-Community> and St. Luke’s mobile health units have been the primary venues for achieving this mission.
Coming back this year — their ninth year Vinart, has been a true supporter of the tournament, with contacts, ideas, and brainstorming. They sponsor the Hawk and ESPN Radio so we can broadcast live from the tournament and include additional publicity leading up to the tournament. Wonderful addition to our day and great chance to reach the community.
Vinart Dealerships is a new and used car dealer serving Emmaus Pennsylvania. If you are looking to buy a new car in Emmaus PA you have come to the right car dealership. We believe that those of you buying cars in Emmaus deserve a great experience. Don’t get caught in the games that other car dealers play. Get the respect and price you deserve from Vinart Dealerships today.
Whether you are in the market for a new car or used car, Vinart Dealerships can help you find the car that fits your needs. They have genuine sales people who know about the different types of cars, trucks, vans, SUVs, crossovers and their features.
Last year, Vinart brought a 2018 car for people to view. The trunk was filled with plastic balls …you could guess the balls to win a prize. Stop by this year and participate to win a prize basket worth over $200.
We want to recognize all the support and hard work Hawk and ESPN Radio has done the past three years. They are co-sponsors with Vinart to provide the broadcasts to the Tournament. Their support goes much further than showing up at the tournament. They advertise for us, provide interview times during and before the tournament, generally support our efforts to reach into the community.
A big shout out to Mike Anthony, KJ Zabala, and Bob Holder, thank you for all that you have done and continue to do.
A longtime supporter and one who has been a true partner working with us to reinforce our message, Red Robin has been a sponsor of the Mocktail for 11 years. We have watched this event grow in popularity over the years, with their Mixologists now competing and making some very unique and tasty drinks. Come to their tent at 2:00 to sample some of the finest and tastiest non alcoholic drinks anywhere. See the Mocktail tab for more information on the Mixologists, their drinks and the judges. Keith Groller has kindly agreed to come and be the emcee again this year, he always adds some flair to the event.
This year we will award prizes to the Mocktail winner voted on by the judges, Mocktail winner voted on by the tournament participants, and we will pull one ticket from the Mocktail winner and that participant will also win a prize.
A big surprise for us was to have a chance to connect with Dave Chandler, President of Chandler Bats, the best manufacturer of wooden baseball and softball bats. Chandler Bats provided all the bats for the tournament and prizes for the Combine competition for 2015. Dave is not only generous, very supportive of our efforts, he also takes immense pride in his products and works hard to maintain a high degree of quality in each and every bat he makes. There was never a hesitation from Dave or his company to be part of the tournament, we are truly thankful. They also promised we would not break a bat, they were right, the bats did all the ‘talking’! For 2018 we again reached out to Dave for bats to use in the Home Run Derby, it was our intent to purchase, he would not consider it… once again his generosity was over the top. Truly appreciate.
Watch this recent news cast about our newest Phillies player Bryce Harper and his love for the Chandler Bats.
We are very honored and grateful to have the Donnelly’s — Patrick and Todd involved as sponsors this year with their two restaurants. Some information on these establishments…
Randall’s on the Orchard is conveniently located in the midst of the beautiful rolling orchards of Orefield, Pennsylvania. The delightfully restored Queen Victoria Inn (circa 1850) features several dining rooms that provide distinctive moods for a superlative dining experience.
Based on the legendary culinary skills of the late Randy Maurer, Randall’s uses the finest fresh local ingredients to offer a menu featuring steaks, seafood, and the wonderfully creative cuisine for which he was so well known.
Randall’s is located at 2016 Applewood Drive (at the intersection of Snowdrift and Applewood) Orefield, PA 18069. Just a short drive from Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton.
Randall’s restaurant and bar is open for dinner Monday through Thursday 4-9 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays 4-10 p.m.
The Clubhouse Grille is a casual family friendly sports restaurant and bar. We are located at the historic Bethlehem Golf Club. The restaurant is open to the public year round serving breakfast, lunch and dinner for anyone to enjoy.
With delectable hand crafted sandwiches and paninis to mouth watering wings, burgers and fajitas, we have something for everyone! The Clubhouse Grille has over 50 craft beers and a fully stocked bar. There are TVs everywhere with great inside and outside seating. Join us for daily specials on food and drinks.
So Let’s PLAY some softball. Lace up your cleats (non metal required) and grab those softball gloves, the 15th annual tournament is scheduled and we are making plans for another great fun filled day for everyone. This is a meaningful date for us to celebrate, anniversary of Justin’s accident. To honor Justin and celebrate our 15th year any new donations for 2019 or additional dollars over 2018 levels will be matched by an anonymous donor.
To facilitate our planning, we formed a Board to provide direction and insight as we move forward and to generate ideas for the 2019 tournament. We have been meeting every month; went to a half day retreat and developed our mission statement:
“To celebrate Justin by providing athletic and educational opportunities for underserved youth in the greater Lehigh Valley”.
We will also be hosting Friday night VIP reception June 14th, for our $500, $1000 and $1500 sponsors, with some special guests and speakers sharing our story from the start of the Memorial Fund and tournament.
We are excited to be co hosting an All Star Sports Clinic with St. Luke’s, specifically for Middle and High School Athletes. For more information and to sign up go to the All StarSports Clinic tab.
All our plans and activities will be conducted in the honor and memory of a special individual, Justin Sheftel.
Open to the Public, No Admittance Fee, Family Fun Day.
CALL TOURNAMENT HOTLINE FOR AN UPDATE ON WEATHER AND ACTIVITIES
(as we get closer to the date)
610-351-5900 EXT: 45873
2019 will be the Fifteenth Annual Softball Tournament, we plan on continuing to honor Justin and our charitable efforts with support from the players, volunteers, fans and sponsors. We hope to have a deeper impact in the Lehigh Valley community, its non profits and programs as a result of the tournament’s success. The feedback we have received over the past couple of years has been truly amazing, we are beginning to understand we are making a difference and having an impact on the community.
This year we have some new activities (see tab) and more involvement with the community we are so fortunate to be a part of.
We are also excited to announce St. Luke’s University Health Network will be continuing as our presenting sponsor in 2018 and with them we are planning many exciting and free activities.
A word about St. Luke’s…..St. Luke’s Sports Medicine, a service of St. Luke’s University Health Network, is the largest provider of Sports Medicine services in the Greater Lehigh Valley region. St. Luke’s provides athletic trainer and team doctor services as well as orthopedic surgery, physical therapy, primary care sports medicine, concussion testing and care, sports performance training, fitness centers and nutrition counseling. St. Luke’s is proud to be the Presenting Sponsor for this year’s Fifteenth Annual Justin Sheftel Softball Tournament.
Vinart will be sponsoring Hawk Radio and ESPN news broadcasting live from the Tournament. Very excited to have them back and part of the day. ESPN will be on hand early in the day broadcasting from their location at the fields and St. Lukes portion will be from 9am. Hawk will be broadcasting later in the day.
From 10:30 to 3:30, the silent auction will be held. At 5:00 winners can pick up their prizes!! Come bid on spectacular sports memorabilia, Lehigh Valley restaurant vouchers and so much more! All proceeds go to the Justin Sheftel Memorial Fund. Tournament Merchandise will also be sold during this time.
As we did last year we have included a “buy it now” price. So if you know you want the item can buy it without having to check on the prices and you can buy pre tournamet. There are 3 categories, Dining, Merchandise and Sports.
Click here to view the silent auction items. (will be added in June)
Always one of the favorite moments of the tournament for everyone involved, the group picture will be taken at 10:55. All players will report to hill behind the Muhlenberg Women’s softball field ready to smile. Look for your team’s colors to find where you seat.
The Mocktail Event will begin at 1:45, look for the tent with the Mixologists hard at work creating their Mocktails. This event is sponsored by Red Robin, with 4 mixologist and 4 special guest judges! Click on the Mocktail tab to learn more about the event, judges and Mixologists. This year we are very excited as Keith Groller will be returning as the emcee, can’t wait to see the competition and hear Keith’s take on the concoctions.
A 50/50 raffle will be held, also a drawing for door prizes starting at noon and on every hour until 6:00pm, 4 tickets will be drawn to win a prize. The final drawing for the big winner will be before the men’s championship game! Last year the winner took home $420.
And of course there will be great food to fill your bellies all day! Kona Ice will be there to serve something cold and refreshing. High Step Coffee will be there bright and early with muffins, get some caffeine and sugar to fortify you for the early games to come. We are very excited Vince’s Cheesesteaks will serving up their special version of Cheesesteaks, Lehigh Valley style! Clubhouse Grille will make their debut offering some of their yummy and different pub fare.
From 11:00 to 2:00, come and enjoy all the other activities. Tie Dying is free for the under 6 year olds, for the over 6 crowd cost will be $10 for the T-shirt Check out the photo booth and make some photos with your friends, team, or family, all free. This year back by request we have face painting, stop by and redo your face, no charge.