Wiffleball tournament coming to Lakeville
The inaugural Popsicle’s The BIG WIFF, a fundraiser for the Miracle League of Minnesota and potentially the largest Wiffleball tournament ever held will be hosted at 10 Miracle League locations across Minnesota on Aug. 18.
One of the four metro locations is scheduled to be at King Park in Lakeville.
Wiffleball teams of three to five people will play in a round-robin tournament beginning at 10 a.m. Aug. 18. The winners will play the other nine teams on the following day in Blaine. The organizers are hoping to get 1,500 participants, which would be a world record.
“It’s all about family fun,” organizer Kevin Thoresen said. “People ages 2 to 92 can play.”
There won’t any running of the bases. Instead there will be lines on the field that determine how many bases you get.
“Sort of like a home run derby,” Thoresen said. “There will be only three people in the field at one time.”
The champions will win a trip for all team members to attend the Minnesota Twins spring training in Fort Myers, Fla., in 2013. Also the team that raises the most pledges overall will earn a trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.
The Miracle League of Minnesota is a charitable organization providing youths with special needs the opportunity to play organized baseball. The funds will help build another field in Minnesota.
The Miracle Field in Lakeville located at King Park is made of a special material and custom-designed to accommodate wheelchairs and walking devices while helping to prevent injuries.
Team registration is $100. More information and registration is available at www.thebigwiff.com. Once registered, team coaches will receive all tournament details, schedules, rules and tips on how teams can raise additional funds for the Miracle League of Minnesota.
More information about the Miracle League of Minnesota is available at www.MiracleLeagueMN.com.