Benefit softball tournament set in Coon Rapids

A softball tournament to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association will take place Saturday, Aug. 3 at Sand Creek Park, Coon Rapids.

It’s a one-day tournament open to all public safety, emergency services and military organizations, according to Bryan Platz, a Coon Rapids Police officer and one of the organizers of the tournament.

“All players must be part of one of those organizations,” Platz said.

“This is not an ‘A’ league tourney. It’s a fun tourney for a great cause.”

The tournament begins at 9 a.m. and all teams will have their first games at either 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. The championship game is scheduled for 7 p.m.

“Our goal is to raise $10,000 for MDA summer camp for kids,” said Platz.

The event is being organized by Guns & Hoses, a team comprising members of the Coon Rapids police and fire departments, and the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office Rum River Lawmen, under the leadership of Cmdr. Kevin Hallweg.

Besides Guns & Hoses and the Rum River Lawmen, other teams signed up to play include New Brighton Public Safety, Anoka Champlin Fire Department, Brooklyn Park Police Department, The Mudpuppies (St. Paul legends) and the United States Marine Corps.

In addition, members of the Minnesota National Hockey League Alumni, formerly known as North Stars Alumni, will be fielding a team, Platz said.

Former North Stars and National Hockey League players set to play include Brad Maxwell, Sean Toomey, Jack Carlson, Gordie Roberts, Chris McAlpine, Joe Dziedzic and Tom Chorske.

The tournament format has 10 to 12 teams with each team guaranteed three games.

All skill levels are welcome to participate and co-ed teams are encouraged, Platz said.

There will be a full service concession stand open at Sand Creek Park courtesy of the Coon Rapids North Star Lions Club.

In addition, there will be an activity area set up for children with a climbing wall, bouncy house, emergency services and military vehicles.

“There are still a few spots left open if teams want to register,” Platz said.

“Corporate sponsors are welcome to support us any way they can.”

Contact Platz at [email protected] or call 612-382-6385 to register or more details.

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