Miracle League takes a swing at first-time fund-raiser

The inaugural BIG WIFF, a fund-raiser for the Miracle League of Minnesota – and potentially the largest Wiffle ball tournament ever held – will be staged Aug. 18-19 at 10 Miracle League locations across Minnesota, with championship games played at Harmon Killebrew Memorial Field in Blaine.

The BIG WIFF fund-raising tournament comes to Harmon Killebrew Miracle Field Aug. 18. Photo courtesy of Miracle League of Minnesota

The BIG WIFF fund-raising tournament comes to Harmon Killebrew Miracle Field Aug. 18. Photo courtesy of Miracle League of Minnesota

Beginning at 10 a.m., Aug. 18, Wiffle ball teams of three to five people will play in a round-robin tournament at 10 locations across the state.

In addition to the Harmon Killebrew Memorial Field (named in honor of the late Hall of Famer and former Minnesota Twin and located at 1150 Paul Parkway in the Blaine baseball complex), BIG WIFF tournament locations include Miracle Fields in Brainerd, Duluth, Lakeville, Mankato, Minnetonka, Moorhead, Rochester, St. Cloud and Woodbury.

Winning teams from each of the 10 locations will face off in the Aug. 19 championship games beginning at noon at the Harmon Killebrew Memorial Field.

Tournament champions will be awarded a trip for all team members to attend spring training in Fort Myers, Fla. Also, the team that raises the most pledges overall will win a trip to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

In addition to naming the tournament champions, prizes will be awarded for second- and third-place tournament winners as well as winners for best team costumes and winners to the teams who raise the most in pledges at each of the 10 fields.

Organizers are hoping that, with hundreds of players participating in the BIG WIFF, the Guinness World Record® of “Largest Wiffle Ball Tournament” could be broken.

Teams wanting to play in the BIG WIFF can register by visiting thebigwiff.com.

All ages are welcome; registration is $100 per team.

Once their team is registered, coaches will receive all tournament details, schedules and rules, as well as tips on how teams can raise additional funds for the Miracle League of Minnesota.

For more information on the BIG WIFF, visit thebigwiff.com. For sponsorship information, contact Kevin Thoresen at thorcre@yahoo.com or 612-703-3218.

The BIG WIFF tournament is sponsored by Popsicle.

About the Miracle League of Minnesota

The BIG WIFF will benefit the Miracle League of Minnesota, a charitable organization that provides special needs children the opportunity to play baseball as a team member in an organized league.

Miracle League fields are made of a special material and custom-designed to accommodate wheelchairs and walking devices while helping to prevent injuries.

There is something special about playing the game of baseball that lights up a kid’s eyes, but for children facing physical and mental challenges, that opportunity can often be a difficult first step.

The Miracle League gives these children the opportunity to get out in the sunshine and enjoy playing the game of baseball in its purest form.

For more information, visit www.MiracleLeagueMN.com.

Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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