Kickin’ Cancer Kickball Tournament returns : Proceeds benefit Holdyn Keefer


NEW HAVEN — The fourth annual “Kickin’ Cancer Kickball Tournament” has been set for Sept. 9, with this year’s proceeds going to Holdyn Keefer.

Holdyn is the six-year-old son of Travis and Sarah Keefer of Point Pleasant. He was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) with Philadelphia Chromosome positive in January 2016. ALL is a type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow that affects white blood cells. Tourney proceeds will help Holdyn’s family with medical bills and expenses.

The tournament will begin at 8 a.m. at the New Haven ball fields, with 16 teams competing, according to Jared Long, who organizes the event with Dana Gillispie. Teams are made up of 10 players, at least four of which must be female.

Kickball will not be the only activity going on that day however, Long said. The public is encouraged to come out for music, raffles, concessions and children’s activities.

Music will be ongoing throughout the day by a deejay. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be live music by the “Brewin’ Company,” a popular band that plays frequently in the Charleston area, according to Long.

There will be several raffles, including one for a Yeti 50 cooler that was donated by Christy Williams. Another is a ride aboard a Health Net helicopter on the day of the event, weather permitting.

Concessions will be sold throughout the day, and a dunk tank will provide afternoon fun.

A kids kickball game will be held, as well as inflatables for the children. Noah Litchfield will lead children ages four through 13 years in a kickball game between 3 and 3:30 p.m. There will be two age groups and the fee is $10. Sign-ups will be held that day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meigs Inflatables will also be on-site with inflatables that will be free for children to enjoy.

In the past three years, the tournament has raised nearly $23,000 for local residents facing cancer. Several individuals and businesses have sponsored the tourney all four years, including The Hut, New Haven Marathon, Riverside Golf Course, Dr. Daniel Trent and Dr. John Hammack, Fast-4-U, Ripley Auto Glass of Hartford, and Farmers Bank of Mason. Long said longtime volunteers are Christy Williams, Michelle Roush and Kourtney Engle.

He added the tournament is still in need of monetary donations, umpires and volunteers. For more information, contact Long at 740-416-9081 or Gillispie at 304-593-8835.

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By Mindy Kearns

Special to the Register

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at mindykearns1@hotmail.com.