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Wayne's WIFFLE for A Wish
Wayne's WIFFLE for A Wish

Playing a Kids Game for Kids

Who : Wayne's WIFFLE for A Wish
What : A charity WIFFLEBALL tournament to benefit the Make A Wish Foundation of Maine
When : Saturday August 20th, 2011 8am registration, 9am games
Where : Union Street Athletic Complex, Bangor, Me
Why : We're playing a kids game for kids.  To cover all of the costs for an average wish for the Make A Wish Foundation it takes $6,000.  In our first year we raised $2000, in year two we doubled our teams and added some events and raised $5,550.  This year our goal is to be able pay for one wish ourselves and raise at least $6,000.  Teams from Presque Isle to Portland have played in the last two years to raise money and crown a champion of our tournament.  All of the funds raised stay right here in Maine and help Maine kids through the Make A Wish Foundation.
How : $100 entry fee for teams to participate, each team is guaranteed a minimum of three games, and you can register by emailing wayneharveywiffleball@hotmail.com or visiting our website and using the contact tab at www.wiffleforawish.com.
Background : This event rose from my own personal experiences with my middle daughter.  At 9 weeks old she had her first surgery, and it started a slew of medical procedures and surgeries, doctors visits, appointments with specialists and so on.  None of her issues were ever life threatening, she never even had to spend an overnight in a hospital.  But it was still scary.  And I saw parents who were in the hospital with their kids who would never come home, and it ripped my heart out.

So I decided to do something for the Make A Wish foundation.  I knew they helped out kids who were sick get the one thing they wanted the most, whether it was a trip to Disney, or to see a Celtics game, or to even have a swimming pool to help them with therapy or to cool down on a hot day because their bodies couldn't do it for themselves.  Make A Wish brings a smile to kids who don't have a lot to smile about.

I kicked the idea around for a while, and finally in 2009 my wife told me to shut up and do it.  Quit talking and do it.  So I did it.  I made a couple phone calls to friends and asked if they would be interested in playing in a charity tournament.  Every one of them said yes, and started calling their friends.  From that it has grown to an annual event.

We even had one player who scheduled his wedding this summer around the tournament so he wouldn't miss it.