Charity baseball tournament supports wounded warriors, men's breast cancer awareness
The Long Island Midweek Men’s Senior Baseball League tournament at Eisenhower Park is bringing together 20 teams from across the Eastern Seaboard to play America’s favorite pastime and help two causes.
Tim Hott, founder of the league, says as a survivor, men’s breast cancer awareness hits home.
“I was diagnosed in the middle of 2020,” says Hott. “I went through a full mastectomy, five months of chemo, five weeks of radiation.”
The American Cancer Society says breast cancer affects about one in 800 men in their lifetime.
A part of the proceeds from the tournament will go toward research and raising awareness about the importance of early detection.
Hott says because of the bond the men have for the love of baseball, creating the tournament seemed the best way to help create awareness.
“I thought this is a natural way to share a common bond of education, especially on a subject that a lot of men aren’t even aware,” says Hott.
Louisville Sluggers Wounded Warriors is the second cause they are raising money for. It’s a competitive amputee baseball team consisting of U.S. military veterans, active duty personnel and wounded warriors.
Joe Aviles, a retired U.S. Air Force senior master sergeant from Medford, was grateful for the opportunity to be involved.
For more information on the tournament, you can visit: www.liraysbaseball.com