Inaugural kickball fundraising tournament set for Aug. 17
Family and friends of Alyssa Ettl, a Lakeville North High School junior who died in a December car crash, are inaugurating an event they hope will carry on her memory, faith and generous nature.
The Alyssa Ettl Memorial Kickball Tournament will take place Aug. 17 at the Lakeville North High School baseball fields, located at 19600 Ipava Ave., on the northeast side of the campus.
It will feature family-friendly fun including two kickball brackets, entertainment, concessions and a raffle.
Ettl’s friend Caleb Bussler said he had participated in a similar tournament and thought it would be a fun way to raise money for the scholarship program established in Ettl’s honor. Plans are to make the tournament an annual event.
“This kickball tournament means a lot to everyone involved,” Bussler said in an email.
He said they have already collected some items for the auction, but more are needed.
Suggested donation items include gift cards, themed baskets, tickets, and handmade items.
Organizers are also accepting monetary donations to purchase items for the auction.
“This is a great way to give back to the Ettl family, a family that has meant so much to our community,” Bussler said.
The event is to serve as an annual fundraiser for faith-based scholarships donated to Lakeville seniors annually in Ettl’s memory.
Bussler said they are expecting close to 500 people to attend the event, and hope to raise at least $10,000 for the scholarship fund.
“This scholarship will be awarded to seniors from the Lakeville schools that plan to attend post-secondary education and that represent Alyssa’s faithful lifestyle,” Bussler said.
He described Ettl as a “remarkable person” who was a gifted student, athlete and high-achiever involved in multiple activities that included soccer, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, DECA, Best Buddies and Youth Teaching Youth.
Ettl was also a member of the National Honor Society and on the Lakeville North Student Council.
Spectators are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets as seating is limited.
Teams check in starting at 11 a.m. and the first game starts at noon.
“I truly feel that all the work that has been done has made a huge difference,” Bussler said. “But being the competitor I am I always want more. It’s always on to the next thing so I keep shooting for higher places and a bigger turnout.”
For more information, go to AEmemorial.org.