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.