Archive for Thursday, April 10, 2008

Trevor’s tournament deadline approaching

April 10, 2008

Once again, co-ed softball teams are needed for an annual Baldwin City benefit tournament.

The eighth-annual Trevor's Tournament and candlelight vigil will be May 10 at the ball fields near Baldwin High School. There is a limit of 12 teams in the tournament. Each team costs $150 to enter and must have 10-12 players, at least five male and five female players.

Each participant will receive a tournament t-shirt. The registration deadline is Saturday. Michelle Leeker, co-organizer of the event with her husband Bill, said several teams usually enter the tournament around the deadline each year.

"Every year we wonder if we are going to have enough teams and almost every year we have to turn down two or three teams," Leeker said. "So far we know of seven for sure, but we wait until the last minute to know many we have for sure."

The original date for the tournament is set of May10, but the rain out date is June 7. Being rained out on the first date is something M. Leeker has grown accustomed to.

"It seems like every year we get rained out the first date and have to move it back," Leeker said. "We are hoping this year will be really pretty and we will have it done the first weekend."

The proceeds from the tournament benefit the Trevor Leeker Scholarship Foundation. Trevor Leeker was the son of Bill and Michelle Leeker, who passed away Feb. 17, 2001, due to a rare genetic disease called Krabbe.

"The stress of putting it all together makes me say I am not going to do it again the next year," Leeker said. "Then as we start reading the applications for the scholarship and realize how many future doctors are learning about Krabbes disease, it kind of renews our thought that we need to continue doing this. Until more doctors are aware of it, more kids will die because they aren't diagnosed soon enough. That makes us decide to do it each year."

Last year a Baldwin team won the event, which pleased M. Leeker. She said that was one of the teams that returns each year, because it understands why the tournament is held each year.

"We have some teams that come back every year and we know them by name now," she said. "Every year I feel like the teams that come back are more invested in why they are there. It was really important for the team that won last year for the trophy to come back to Baldwin, because it had been in Lawrence for a few years."

For more information, contact the M. Leeker at (785) 594-2744 or by email at leeker@embarqmail.com.

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