2,500 Big ones raised for Freezin for Fallenstien Event
by Bill McKubby,posted Jan 16 2011 4:44PM
Thanks to everyone who came out, braved sub-zero temperatures to raise funds, awareness for the Miracle League with the Freezin-For Fallenstien softball tournament. 10 Teams participated in the inaugural tournament.
The Miracle League of North Mankato oversees the use of Fallenstein Field, a 4-year-old rubberized-surface, wheelchair-accessible baseball facility adjacent to Caswell that caters to children and adults with disabilities.
Kyle Mrozek, Miracle League board member and general manager of the Mankato MoonDogs, estimated the Saturday tournament raised close to $2,500.
Not bad, considering the single-digit temperatures, sub-zero wind chills and obvious challenges of playing a summer game in several feet of snow.
Jillian and I had a good time talking with teams. The team the, "11 Monkeys" told us somebody knocked their front tooth out after a line drive but nothing a little bit of Everclear won't fix :)
Eric Peters, who played second base for the Hott Shotts Bar and Grill-sponsored team that finished second to a team from Faribault, said those who braved the elements for a good cause deserve some credit.
The double-elimination tournament began early Saturday morning with 50-minute games continuing into the afternoon. The Miracle League received contributions from North Mankato’s Commerce on Commerce program as well as Scheel’s and MinnStar Bank. The first-, second- and third-place finishers all received cash prizes, although most of the teams donated their winnings.
We’re hoping for double the teams, half the snow and twice the temperature next year.
Fallenstein Field was named for the late Al and Erla Fallenstein, whose endowment gift through the Mankato Area Foundation made possible the $630,000 facility.
Al Fallenstein, an avid sports fan, had to use a wheelchair following an accident in 1960. He and his wife were killed in an auto accident in 2003.