WESTFIELD, NJ – Teams are forming for annual student-run charity Wiffle Ball tournament to benefit underprivileged youths with cancer.

The ninth annual Charity Wiffle Ball Tournament benefiting Sister Pat’s Kids Camp will be held at 10 a.m. at Tamaques Park on Friday, May 24.

Sister Pat’s Kids Camp, held in upstate New York, is a weeklong summer camp experience designed for underprivileged children with cancer. In past years, the Wiffle Ball tournament has brought in over 300 players and raised over $15,000 to go towards the camp.

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Westfield High School sophomore James Birle, one of the event organizers, finds that his favorite memories of previous years events included seeing the teams that get to the semi-finals and especially watching other teams cheer on the remaining ones left in the tournament.

He also enjoyed seeing the cool “uniforms” that teams will make to wear to the event. But he finds that the icing on the cake is the charitable benefit to all this fun.

“Most of all, I enjoy looking out at the fields we created at Tamaques Park and watching the games go on and knowing that all the proceeds are going to help the campers at Sister Pat's Kids Camp,” Birle said.

With Westfield public school students and staff off on Memorial Day, the event will start at 10 a.m. and run throughout the day.

There is a $15 donation to participate, and all proceeds will go directly to Sister Pat’s Kids Camp. Food and drinks will also be available for sale from local stores throughout the event.

Those looking to participate can form teams of 5-8 players by filling out a registration form found at sisterpatskidscamp.org or if just looking to join a team, can send an email to jbirle9@gmail.com.

Hanna Zakharenko is a Westfield High School senior participating in a journalism program with TAPinto Westfield. For more information, email Matt Kadosh at mkadosh@tapinto.net.