Kickball tournament will return to Bullard Park

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 11 January 2018 at 10:30 pm

Photo by Tom Rivers: Morgan Bedford of Newfane rolls in a pitch for the Toe Jammers, which won last year’s Kick Cancer’s Ballz tournament.

ALBION – A kickball tournament will be back at Bullard Park this year. The date is set for July 14.

Last year there were seven teams in the debut “Kicking Cancer’s Ballz” tournament. The event raised just over $1,000 and was given to two families with children fighting leukemia.

The local FLED Foundation planned the tournament last year in less than five weeks. Beth Webb, one of the FLED leaders and organizers for the tournament, expects more teams and a more festive atmosphere this year.

She discussed the tournament on Wednesday with the Village Board, which said it supports the tournament.

FLED – Fight Like Elaina Dixie – is a non-profit organization established by Beth and Kyle Webb, and other close friends and supporters.

Beth and Kyle Webb lost their daughter, Elaina, to leukemia on Feb. 7. She fought the disease for nine months before passing away at age 2 ½.

FLED aims to help families with out-of-pocket expenses, offering gas cards, and funds for babysitters, meals and help with household expenses. They want to connect families with counseling services, and support research into fighting childhood leukemia.

The Webbs wanted a kickball tournament to highlight one of Elaina’s favorite games.

For more on the Fled Foundation, click here.

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