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2nd annual JStrong Softball Tournament underway this weekend to raise money to help youth access sport


Published on July 29, 2017

2nd annual JStrong Softball Tournament in Yarmouth County.

©Tina Comeau

YARMOUTH, N.S. – Another weekend of raising money to help Yarmouth youth access sport is underway this weekend with the second annual JStrong Softball Tournament, which takes place July 28 to July 30.

Fields in Overton and at the Hebron Recreation Complex are being used for this three-day event that got underway on Friday.

Yarmouth teenager Jadon Robinson, who also played football in recent years with Sir John A high school.

The tournament is named after Yarmouth teenager Jadon Robinson who died in a car accident in November 2015. Because of Jadon’s love of sports, as a legacy to the teenager family and friends started up the JStrong Fund, which helps youth in Yarmouth access sport but being able to apply for financial help to cover sport registration fees.

2nd annual JStrong Softball Tournament in Yarmouth County.

©Tina Comeau

2nd annual JStrong Softball Tournament in Yarmouth County.

©Tina Comeau

2nd annual JStrong Softball Tournament in Yarmouth County.
Tina Comeau

Around 20 teams are participating in this year’s tournament, which is up from 17 teams last year. Many of the teams are part of a local co-ed league, but there are also a few teams from away.

Steve Berry, one of the event organizers, says in addition to those taking part, they hope to see many members of the public come out to support the cause as well, with many fundraising aspects happening at the Hebron Recreation Complex.

2nd annual JStrong Softball Tournament in Yarmouth County.

©Tina Comeau

2nd annual JStrong Softball Tournament in Yarmouth County.
Tina Comeau

“We have some wonderful prizes for our Chinese auction if the public would like to come by and take a look prizes,” he says, mentioning gift cards, 50 pounds of lobster, a Marco Estrada bobble head, a $300 scratch ticket board, $250 in restaurant gift certificates, a car package (which includes oil change, car detailing, wiper fluid), a new Worth Est bat and an autographed Terry Bradshaw Jersey as a few items.

Aside from the softball, the event will include DJ music, 50/50, a barbecue and canteen.

2nd annual JStrong Softball Tournament in Yarmouth County.

©Tina Comeau

“It's shaping up to be a great weekend of ball,” Berry had said prior to the event. “Lots of local businesses donating prizes, lots of volunteers . . .  we're hoping for another quality JStrong event.”

The last JStrong event was a memorial golf tournament held at the Yarmouth Links on June 8. The event was an overwhelming success with $33,386.65 raised.

2nd annual JStrong Softball Tournament in Yarmouth County.
Tina Comeau

Over the past year, the JSTRONG Fund has helped to cover the full registration cost for Yarmouth youth in the sports of soccer, swimming and baseball. The next distribution of financial assistance is for fall and winter sports with July 31 set as the deadline for applications.

Up to $20,000 has been budgeted to be distributed each year. 

The application process is detailed on the website jstrongfund.com

2nd annual JStrong Softball Tournament in Yarmouth County.

©Tina Comeau

2nd annual JStrong Softball Tournament in Yarmouth County.
Tina Comeau

Meanwhile, aside from coming out to cheer on the participants in this weekend’s softball tournament and supporting this weekend’s fundraising initiative, anyone who ordered a hoodie or ball tournament t-shirt can pick those up at the Hebron complex throughout the weekend. The organizers reserve the right to sell any clothing not picked up by Sunday noon unless other arrangements have been made.

 

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2nd annual JStrong Softball Tournament in Yarmouth County.

©Tina Comeau

2nd annual JStrong Softball Tournament in Yarmouth County.

©Tina Comeau

2nd annual JStrong Softball Tournament in Yarmouth County.

©Tina Comeau

2nd annual JStrong Softball Tournament in Yarmouth County.

©Tina Comeau

2nd annual JStrong Softball Tournament in Yarmouth County.

©Tina Comeau

2nd annual JStrong Softball Tournament in Yarmouth County.

©Tina Comeau

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2nd annual JStrong Softball Tournament in Yarmouth County.

©Tina Comeau

2nd annual JStrong Softball Tournament in Yarmouth County.

©Tina Comeau