Slo-pitch tournament to raise funds for playground

The second annual event is 80’s themed and is open for registration

Last year’s slo-pitch tournament raised a total of $4,751 for the Eckville elementary school playground. Photo Submitted

Tamara Lawrence is using her love of baseball to organize slo-pitch tournaments to give kids a better place to play with her second annual spring tournament on May 4-6. The tournament will raise funds for the elementary school playground.

When Lawrence hosted the spring slo-pitch tournament last year she got plenty of feedback saying people would like to participate again. With that in mind, she decided to organize another one this year to continue raising funds for the playground.

“I usually don’t get committed people until a couple weeks before, but I’ve got three so far,” she said.

Lawrence is aiming to have eight teams signed up well before the fundraiser which will have an 80’s theme. Registration is $350.

Lawrence is well-known for organizing a breast cancer slo-pitch tournament in Leslieville every year and organized the playground fundraiser tournament last spring “just for fun.”

Last year’s event raised almost $5,000 for the playground. Eight teams registered and everyone who registered also donated a $25 gift card of their choice. The cards and a baseball bat were all put together as a raffle prize for the event and a friend of Lawrence’s ran a barbeque which both helped bring in more funds for the playground.

To register for the tournament or get involved, give Lawrence a call at 403-373-1209.

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