The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 2, 2013

Baseball to wing eating highlight weekend fundraiser

By James Neal, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — More than 60 games of Little League action, a silent auction and wing-eating contest highlight the 4RKids Baseball Tournament fundraiser this weekend.

The three-day event will begin with a public meet-and-greet event Friday evening, followed by a two-day Little League tournament. All proceeds will support 4RKids Foundation and AMBUCS in their efforts to upgrade the playing field at ABC AMBUCS Park for Miracle League players.

Miracle League is a baseball league for special-needs children and adults, supported through a partnership of AMBUCS and 4RKids Foundation.

Tricia Mitchell, 4RKids Foundation program director, said 27 teams have signed up for this weekend’s tournament, including teams from Enid, Stillwater and Edmond.

The public will have the chance to meet both Little League and Miracle League players during Friday’s meet-and-greet event, scheduled for 7-9 p.m. in the old Sugar Rush location at Oakwood Mall.

The event will include a presentation on plans for Miracle League and renovations at ABC AMBUCS Park, light refreshments, a silent auction and wing-eating contest.

Silent auction items will include an Oklahoma City Thunder jersey signed by Serge Ibaka, and a baseball signed by St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday.

Former OU and Dallas Cowboys football player Roy Williams is scheduled to make an appearance at the Friday evening event, and during the tournament on Saturday.

The wing-eating contest is scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday. Entry fee is $20, and the winner will receive a $40 gift certificate to Callahan’s Pub & Grille.

The Little League baseball tournament will be  9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Crosslin Park.

Each team is guaranteed three games, with two games on Saturday and single elimination on Sunday.

Sunday games are scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

There is no gate fee for the games Saturday and Sunday, and the public is invited to attend.

Concessions and T-shirts will be on sale to raise money for ABC AMBUCS Park.

Mitchell said the event already has raised about $4,000 in team registrations and T-shirt sales to support park renovations.

She said 4RKids and AMBUCS have raised a total of about $100,000 to renovate the park, and need about another $50,000 to complete the project.

The renovation project already has built a new playground, fencing, dugouts, bleachers and canopies at the park.

The final phase of the project will resurface the playing field with rubberized artificial turf, to provide a smooth surface on which Miracle League players with limited mobility can maneuver mobility devices.

For information on this weekend’s tournament or Miracle League, contact 4RKids at (580) 237-7890.