The Press Newspaper
Fremont Speedway is asking for area businesses, race fans and race teams and the entire Northwest Ohio community to help kick cancer research into high gear.
The track is holding the Second Annual Fremont Speedway Kick-It Kick Ball Tournament on Sunday, May 26th. Proceeds from the tournament and auction will go towards cancer research through the national Kick-It Foundation. The foundation is supported by NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Jeff Gordon through his children’s foundation, the Cleveland Indians Baseball team and the World Adult Kickball Association. So far over a $1 million has been raised through generous donations and events like Fremont Speedway’s Kick ball Tournament.
Anyone can donate, play or get involved in helping raise money to combat children’s cancer. The Second Annual Fremont Speedway Kick-It Tournament will be held Sunday, May 26 at the Fremont Speedway parking area, located on North Street directly across the street from the race track. The event is part of a big Memorial Day weekend at “The Track That Action Built” as the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champion sprint cars will compete Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26. The kick ball tournament will take place Sunday morning prior to the night’s racing.
Last year the track’s kick ball tournament was not only a lot of fun, but nearly $7,000 was raised for the Kick-It Foundation. Fremont Speedway tournament organizer Shelley Liskai-Bowe said the goal this year is to raise at least $20,000.
“Everyone has had their lives affected by childhood cancer…especially in our area with the Clyde Cancer Cluster. This is project is something very near and dear to my heart and I know our race fans and our community can make a significant difference in helping fight this terrible disease,” said Liskai-Bowe.
“We encourage a $20 donation when signing up (per player) to help reach our goal. There will be driver teams, crew teams, fan teams and any other kind of teams that would be interested in playing,” said Liskai-Bowe
When emailing to be put on a team please provide your name, phone number and email address, and you will be notified as to which team you will be assigned to. When teams are filled, sign up will be over. Team registrations are now underway!
Liskai-Bowe said fans can come watch all the fun as there is no admission fee, but everyone is encouraged to visit the kick-it page and make a donation.
“Last year the Kick It page donations helped push us over the top, so please feel free to visit and donate at your convenience,” Liskai-Bowe added.
She said she is also looking for event sponsors to help provide trophies, supplies, signage, umpire shirts and other donations.
“Driver t-shirts, memorabilia, gift certificates, gift baskets, nothing is too small and everything donated is welcomed and appreciated,” said Liskai-Bowe, stressing the word “everything.”
This will be an elimination style tournament limited to 8 teams with each team consisting of up to 12 players, with each team being able to compete in the time given to the event. The first round of the tournament will hold 45 minute games with 4 teams advancing to the second round. In the second round, 45 minute games will determine 2 teams for the finals. The team that raises the most money for Kick-It will get a second chance to play as this team will be split on to the two teams in the finals. The championship game will consist of 5 innings, or 1 hour of play, to determine the 2nd Annual Fremont Speedway Kick-It Champions.
You can stay up-to-date with all the news concerning the Fremont Speedway Kick-It Kick Ball Tournament by going to www.fremontohspeedway.com and by following Fremont Speedway on Facebook and on Twitter.
“Last year was a huge success and with the help of the community in the Fremont Speedway area, I have no doubt that this year’s event will not disappoint anyone. Thank you for your anticipated support and please watch for more details,” concluded Liskai-Bowen
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