By Mindy Kearns
POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Plans are progressing for a benefit kickball tournament that will help a 5-year-old Point Pleasant boy who is battling leukemia.
The Holdyn Keefer Co-Ed Kickball Tournament will be Saturday, March 26, at Harmon Park in Point Pleasant. Opening ceremony will begin at 8:30 a.m. Games begin at 9 a.m.
While all teams have been secured for the tourney, sponsors are still being sought, according to Jared Long, who is assisting with the event. For $100, a sponsor will have his name on a banner that will be displayed at the tournament. This is the final week for potential sponsors, as the banner must be prepared. Among the top sponsors so far are Tolliver’s Pre-Owned Auto Center, Farmers Bank and Dr. Billie Toler.
Also needed are food for concessions, items for raffles, and volunteers to umpire the games. Concessions will be available throughout the day by the Mason County Little League and Woodmen of the World Life Insurance, with all proceeds going to Keefer.
There will also be ongoing raffles, including a bounce house rental and other prizes, as well as a 50/50 drawing. The public is encouraged to come out for the tournament to watch, and to support the additional events.
Added to the tournament since it was first announced is a kids kickball game. There will be two age groups, four to eight years and nine to 12 years. Sign up will be from 8-11 a.m., with the game being held that afternoon. The registration fee is $5 per child.
The 16-team main tournament is double elimination, and will be held regardless of weather conditions, Long said. Teams will consist of at least eight members, four of which must be female. Softball rules will apply, with a trophy going to the first-place team.
All profits from the event will go to Keefer’s family for medical and associated expenses. Keefer, who is the son of Travis and Sarah Keefer, was diagnosed in January.
To keep up with Keefer’s progress, a Facebook page has been established by his parents at “Team Holdyn. Holdyn Keefer updates.” According to a post dated Sunday, Keefer has two shots remaining of 10, then will be admitted to the hospital again on Monday, March 14, for another round of chemo.
For more information on the kickball tournament, or to be a sponsor or donor, contact Travis Tolliver, who is organizing the event with his wife, Erin. Travis Tollliver can be reached via Facebook or at 304-857-1611.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.