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Kickin’ it

Dream Factory of Syracuse to host annual kickball tournament fundraiser

A participant in the 2013 Dream Factory Kicks for Kids Kickball Tournament prepares to kick the ball while the ref looks on. This year’s tournament takes place Aug. 1.

A participant in the 2013 Dream Factory Kicks for Kids Kickball Tournament prepares to kick the ball while the ref looks on. This year’s tournament takes place Aug. 1.

— The kickball tournament will help fund those dreams, plus provide what Wisneski called “a great team-building opportunity for groups” and a “healthy spirit of competition.”

“We started the kickball tournament in 2012. It was one of our first fundraisers,” she said. “The reason is pretty simple — several of our board members, including myself, had played in a kickball league since 2004. Kickball is a fun, team sport. No equipment is needed, there is little risk of injury and it’s very inclusive — practically everyone can play.”

And you don’t even have to come up with a full team to play.

“We will place single players with an entire team,” Wisneski said. “In fact, the Dream Factory has a team each year and having the extra single players has allowed us to create two teams representing Dream Factory. It creates a little rivalry for our board members — all in good fun, of course.”

Of course, teams are welcome. You need at least 10 people to fully field a team; you can play with eight, but you’ll be at a disadvantage. Single players can be added to teams. Each team must have a minimum of three women. If the team is mostly women, it needs at least three men.

To register, visit syracusesportsassociation.com/leagues/?lid=10111. Registration is $25 per player. Players and teams can also register at the tournament from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. All players receive a free T-shirt and goody bag thanks to event sponsors Euchner USA, Inc., Kinney Drugs, Wegmans, Honest Tea and the Maplewood Inn; lunch is also provided courtesy of longtime Dream Factory supporter Pizza Man of Liverpool.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor (event, T-shirt, keepsake or field sponsorships are available) or donating an item for the raffle or silent auction, call us at 313-4543 or email syracuse@dreamfactoryinc.org for more information. The organization is also always looking for volunteers. To learn more about the Dream Kids, visit Facebook.com/DreamFactoryofSyracuse.

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