Sorgs hold wiffleball tournament
The annual Sorg wiffleball tournament took place on Saturday October 17th.
This tournament started back in 2013 to support the LaPorte County Small Animal Shelter. Which is a group near and dear to the Sorg’s heart. It originally started with four teams, which were made up of LPHS senior, Sophie Sorg, friends around the neighborhood. After seven years, the tournament has grown to have 10 teams and around 100 participants.
In the beginning, this tournament took place down the street from Sorg’s grandma’s house for five years. However, due to the increase in population, this year it was moved to Morgan Keen’s house, a lifelong friend of Sorg’s.
Even with, COVID-19 around, the Sorgs wanted to continue this tradition and gathered donations. This year, they took extra precautions to help prevent the spread. Normally they would allow people to bring food, but to be safe, they provided the food and only allowed pre-packaged food from others. They also had hand sanitizing stations in several places and encouraged others to use it.
This fundraiser all began with an idea from Sorg’s mom, Amanda, as a fun farewell to summer for the neighborhood kids.
“We loved to play wiffle ball down at my grandma’s house in the summer and thought it would be a great idea to do it for a good cause,” Sorg said.
Sorg decided to continue this tournament this year in honor of her mom, who had recently lost her fight with cancer. She knew how much her mom loved this event and how much it meant to her. She loved giving back to the community and helping all the furry friends in the shelter.
“My dad, sister, and I knew we had to carry on this tradition for her. As we knew from the bottom of our hearts that this is what she would have wanted. She would have been thrilled with all of the donations we received and how much fun we all had,” Sorg said.
This year, there were six teams of high school students and adults, and four teams of younger kids, which is considered middle school and below. The older kids and little kids play in separate brackets so that each team can compete fairly to win.
Each family brought a donation for the shelter, and then they were provided with a team shirt, food, and fun. They even had a bouncy house for everyone to enjoy.
The outcome of this tournament was tremendous this year. They raised around $1000, which was enough for 10 donations, and the participants brought many different types of donations like dog and cat food, treats, bleach, etc.
No matter what gets in the way, nothing will stop the Sorg family from hosting this event. They plan on continuing this tradition in honor of her mom, who loved this tournament dearly.
“Thank you to all of the Slicers that came out to support my family and I and the Animal Shelter this past Saturday,” Sorg said.