‘The Best Weekend of the Year’ is August 12-14, 2016
ESSEX, Vt. — A Vermont late-summer classic, the 15th annual Travis Roy Foundation WIFFLE Ball Tournament will be held August 12 to 14, 2016 (Friday-Sunday) in Essex, Vermont. With an expanded field and another challenging fundraising goal, the now-32-team ‘Best Weekend of The Year’ tourney will be again held at Pat and Beth O’Connor’s three backyard fields, Little Fenway, Little Wrigley and Little Field of Dreams. The event is open to the public and admission is free.
All funds go to the Travis Roy Foundation that benefits and creates awareness for people with spinal cord injuries, and is named after the former Boston University men’s hockey player who resides with his family in nearby Malletts Bay in Colchester each summer.
Last year’s fundraising effort was a record-setting $553,000 to go past the previous high of $505,000 set in 2013. In the past three years the tourney has brought in just over $1.5 million to bring the 14-year total past the $3.5 million dollar mark.
The tournament opens on Friday afternoon, August 12, with the opening ceremonies at Little Fenway featuring the annual Celebrities-Sponsor game at 5:30 p.m. along with games on all three fields. In addition to games all day, Saturday features the annual Money Count Ceremony at 1 p.m. and the tourney runs through the championship game on Sunday, August 14.
All 32 teams are filled for the tourney but in addition to the action on the field, many other events will be held throughout the weekend including a silent auction, many raffles, great food, a kid’s WIFFLE ball game, the Scooter’s Pretzel’s Home Run Derby, the Vermont Peanut Butter Company Kid’s Tent that features face painting, games and other contests. The complete schedule and a full list of celebrities will be announced prior to the tournament.
The Jackhammers of Braintree, Mass captured last year’s championship defeating the Staten Island (N.Y.) Yankees in the title game.
For the fifth straight year tournament action will be streamed live on the internet on the Pack Network. The opening ceremonies and celebrity-sponsor game, Saturday’s money count ceremony and Sunday’s title game will be aired live as well as game action from Little Fenway throughout the weekend. Click HERE for the Pack Network videos, live and archived from the past.
Donations and team pledges for the 32-team tourney will be accepted at the site and an online. To visit the tournament’s fundraising page, click HERE!