ROXBURY, NJ - Donations are still coming in support of the “Figurelli Frenzy” softball tournament played last weekend at Landing Park. So far, more than $3,000 has been raised in support of Fighting Children’s Cancer Foundation, the charity founded by the late Roxbury travel softball coach Steve Figurelli.
This was the fourth annual tournament held in memory of Coach Fig, who not only started the foundation but also founded the Roxbury Rebels softball program 13 years ago. A Ledgewood resident, Figurelli passed away suddenly on April 21, 2016.
“Instead of a bench and a plaque with his name on it,” said tournament organizer Lisa Darling, “we wanted to remember Fig with something that represented who he was—a great athlete and coach. He taught girls how to play the right way with respect for their teammates, opponents and umpires.
“This tournament keeps his spirit alive for us.”
The tournament attracted 16 teams from as far away as Staten Island and many parts of New Jersey. Competing were teams in the U-10, U-12, U-14 and U-16 age groups.
Unlike other tournaments that present team or game MVPs, each coach selected one player as the “Fig Award” winner. The award recognized a player who best exemplifies the qualities Figurelli modeled – especially sportsmanship and respect for the game and teammates.
Founded by Figurelli in 1998, the Fighting Children’s Cancer Foundation provides needs-based financial assistance to families struggling with pediatric cancer. FCCF representatives and the Figurelli family were on-hand during the tournament to speak about their work.
“Steve devoted his life to helping others,” said Darling, who also coaches the Rebelz Fastpitch independent softball team, whose players and parents worked tirelessly throughout the tournament. “Being able to put together two of his passions makes this day even more meaningful.”