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Civic to hold its second annual Wiffle Ball tournament Feb. 8

February 6, 2020
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

The North Fort Myers Civic Association last year held its biggest fundraiser in history with the inaugural Wiffle Ball tournament at the community park.

On Saturday, Feb. 8, the organization hopes to improve on that with the second annual event to be held on the football field, with more teams and a shorter time frame.

The competition will start at 8:30 a.m. and continue until there is a winner, which should be around 5 p.m. Last year, there were 16 teams, with the hope for 24 this time around.

"There will be three to five players per team with no running. Three will play in the field and there will be lines drawn in the field to designate single, double, triple or home run," said civic association vice president Danny Ballard.

Last year's event raised $8,500, with the hope to raise $10,000 this year. Ballard said there are more sponsors this year and there could be some teams that sign up last minute.

The Wiffle Ball tournament has been a gamechanger for the civic association in the much the same way its acquiring status as a 501c3. The organization can do much more for the community, such as give out scholarships, pay insurance and other things.

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"We try to do scholarships and we did other things such as give emergency services Thanksgiving dinner and we gave calculators to the high school. All those things take funds," Ballard said.

The event also will feature a home run derby for the kids. Once again. Signarama and All-American Printing will be the title sponsors.

The cost per team is $100 and $25 for an individual, who will be placed with a team. Each team is guaranteed five games, with each team playing in a round-robin pool, with the winners advancing to the championship rounds.

"We're going to have trophies and plaques and everyone who plays is giving to get something," Ballard said. "Last year's winner was the Piney Road team, who were from the Piney Road Little League, with our fields named after the founders of the league."

One field last year had a replica of the old Piney Field scoreboard and it is expected to return this year.

The North Fort Myers Community Park is at 2000 N Recreation Park. Way

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