ENID, Okla. — 4RKids Foundation and Enid Noon AMBUCS will host the annual Enid Mud Volleyball Tournament Saturday, June 29, 2019, to raise funds for Miracle League of Enid.

Miracle League is a national organization “dedicated to the mission and belief all children should have the opportunity to play ball.”

The league is open to any child or adult, ages 5 and older, with developmental disabilities. Games are played at AMBUCS Park, 924 W. Oak, which has a turf surface to enable players using wheelchairs or walkers to maneuver on the field.

Tricia Mitchell, executive director of 4RKids, said the mud volleyball tournament raises about $6,000 each year for upkeep and improvements at the park.

"Everything we purchase out there has been purchased with money raised through this fundraiser," Mitchell said.

This year, Mitchell said 4RKids is hoping to raise enough money for wheelchair-accessible tables for the park, and any money raised beyond that will go toward bathroom repairs and upgrades.

Teams of 10-12 players can register at https://www.enidmudvolleyball.com. Registration is $375 or $400 the morning of the event. Team registration includes T-shirt, cash prizes for the top three teams and free showers.

The event will be at Scooters, 3630 N. Van Buren Bypass, with the parking lot opening at 7:30 a.m. and team registration open 8-8:30 a.m. Games will begin at 9 a.m., with three opening games followed by the single-elimination tournament.

A presentation of awards to Miracle League players will be at 11 a.m. Food trucks and games also are scheduled for the event, and it is free to come and watch. There is a $100 fee for coolers brought to the event and glass containers are not allowed.

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