EVENT DATE: Dec 08, 2018
SLAMT1D, Inc. will host its 5th Annual Tampa Classic WIFFLE® Ball Tournament with Sam Fuld and Friends on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at the University of South Florida, FL. If you’ve never played at Little Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium or Wrigley Field here’s your chance! OK, so they’re miniature versions but the fun is as epic!
Anyone can organize a team. Space is limited, so apply now! Here’s what we’re all about:
Friday, December 7 Events (beginning at 4:00PM):
- VIP/Volunteer/Top Fundraiser BBQ and Fun Game
- Special Guests Invited
- Captains' Meeting
- Date: December 8, 2018. Opening games Saturday, with playoffs Saturday afternoon
- Location: University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
- Teams: Space is limited; only 16 teams. Anyone can play! Organize your own team!
- $500 Registration plus team fundraising (Minimum of $5,000) for PowerRanking points
- 3 games guaranteed including first-round playoffs
- Home Run Derby
- Fields: Mini Fenway, Little Wrigley and Little Yankee
- Learn about T1D (Type 1 Diabetes), fundraise to increase awareness of T1D and help us get more kids with T1D to life-changing camps!
- Play-by-play announcing, music, good food!
SLAMT1D, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization committed to changing the game for people living with T1D. We host grassroots sports tournaments that empower T1Ders to live life in full. Our focus: broadening awareness about T1D; connecting patients and their families with patient resources; developing sports-based camp opportunities and working with T1D camp organizations to reach more kids with T1D; providing camperships; educational programs; peer-to-peer support; coaching and mentoring opportunities for T1Ders of all ages. Our unique sports tournaments combine a Big League vibe with backyard grass roots intimacy that has attracted thousands of players, participants and supporters regardless of age, sex or athletic ability.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO HAVE A T1D CONNECTION TO ENTER A TEAM OR PLAY IN OUR TOURNAMENTS. ANYONE CAN PLAY OR ENTER A TEAM.
SLAMT1D WIFFLE ball tournaments are played in miniature, modular stadiums modeled after iconic parks like Fenway, Yankee and Wrigley Field. We use a creative PowerRanking point system of fundraising that adds to the fun, competitive vibe leading up to Tournament Day. Then, on Tournament Day, it’s just Game On!
T1D (Type 1 diabetes) is a lethal, life-altering autoimmune disease that cannot be prevented and for which there is currently no cure. To put things into perspective, if someone is diagnosed with T1D at age 5, he or she will have to administer roughly 24,000 insulin injections just to reach the age of 18. That is 5 shots per day. Now, add that number to the nearly 40,000 finger pricks (that's right, another needle) that the same 18-year old has inflicted to check his or her blood sugar levels. There are pumps and monitors that T1Ders use to reduce the injections and sticks, but then they’re wearing a machine or even two that brings its own issues and complications. These are just two of many aspects of living that people with T1D have to focus on to manage a “normal” life...but despite everything a T1Der or caregivers do, life is never normal.
As Joe Maddon, manager of the Chicago Cubs said, “Even though I had a player like Sam Fuld who has Type 1 diabetes, it wasn’t until I attended this SLAMT1D tournament that I realized how difficult and dangerous the disease is, and how much someone has to do just to stay alive. It really opened my eyes.”
SLAMT1D WIFFLE® ball tournaments are an off-the-hook fun way for people with and without this awful disease to come together, raise awareness about T1D, fundraise and have a great time playing America’s favorite backyard game with a bit of a Big League vibe. Since our first tournament in 2011, teams have raised over $400,000 that has helped launch awareness initiatives and tournaments from New England to Florida; fund camps and camperships; create and fund a weeklong overnight camp for kids with T1D in Vermont that serves kids from all over New England; fund educational programs at local hospitals; and develop peer-to-peer and mentoring opportunities for T1Ders of all ages.
16 teams will be selected to play a minimum of three games. Players and fans get to enjoy game action with live play-by-play announcers, music, good food, raffle prizes, and the Home Run Derby!
For more about SLAMT1D, Inc., please visit www.slamt1d.org. You may also click the FAQ tab below to learn more about the 5th Annual Tampa Classic.