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Roxbury Cops' 13th Wiffleball Tournament: A Fun Day to Help Sick Kids

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ROXBURY, NJ – More than 20 teams have signed-up so far for the Roxbury PBA’s annual wiffleball tournament and its co-organizer, Roxbury Police Patrolman Brian Feeney, expects there will be more.

The July 14 tournament, the 13th, is taking place at Horseshoe Lake Park in Succasunna. The event, open to both adults and minors, raises money for local children fighting serious illnesses. Feeney said the tournaments have raised $154,258 since 2006 – a bit shy of the $200,000 he’d hoped to have raised by the 10th year.

Money raised at this year’s tournament will go to 5-year-old Samantha Russell, who is fighting Chron’s Disease, and Matthew Adonis, a fourth-grader battling a brain tumor.

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“We have 23 teams signed up right now and we are still a couple of weeks out,” Feeney said. “We usually get a big influx as we get closer. There are a lot more people saying they are playing who haven’t gotten their paperwork in yet.”

The deadline to send registration forms to Feeney (at Roxbury Police Department, 1715 Route 46, Ledgewood, NJ 07852) is July 9. The cost is $125 per team.

The tournament is double-elimination and starts at 9 a.m. Feeney said it usually finishes at about 7 p.m. The rain date is July 15.

“It’s a great time for a great cause,” said the patrolman. “The winners here are Samantha and Matthew. Those are the real winners …  They are two great kids from two great families.”

While a lot of effort goes into organizing the tournament – a task Feeney shares with Roxbury Police Detective Sgt. Dean Adone, the toughest part some years is deciding which kids will be the beneficiaries, Feeney said.

“They are all worthy,” he said. “We try take it on a case-by-case basis as to who needs the assistance most.”

Aside from getting nice weather and seeing everybody have fun at the tournament, Feeney’s dream is that the event will someday no longer be needed. “I’m hoping that one day I don’t have anybody to choose,” he commented.

The registration forms can be downloaded here.

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