The tournament will also provide an opportunity to offer support to people who lost their homes or possessions in the recent tornadoes, said Roy Hamilton, tournament volunteer.
Many of the student athletes attending Southmoore High School, mostly football players, lost their homes in the E-F5 tornado that struck Moore, Foster said.
Tournament officials are gathering items for a silent auction to raise money to help these students, and the auction will be held during the opening ceremonies on Monday, June 17, Hamilton said. Tournament officials are still looking for items to be donated for the auction, such as signed baseballs, pictures, jerseys, etc.
“The board met and decided to put together a silent auction to be held during the opening ceremonies and will run throughout the tournament which will feature sports memorabilia and other great items,” Rogers said.
“Funds raised will go to the high school athletic fund. We have spoken with our teams coming to play and they are pitching in with auction items as well. Team Maryland and Team Ohiosre bringing donation checks as their schools hosted fundraisers. One of the assistant coaches for Maryland, Ty Whitaker helped organize a school supply campaign and teachers are driving to Oklahoma during the tournament to bring their donation. Also, on Monday night during the Opening Ceremonies, all players in the tournament are going to be part of a special presentation for tornado victims.”