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EVENT DATE: Jun 23, 2017

SLAMT1D, Inc. will host its 7th Annual Vermont Summer Classic WIFFLE® Ball Tournament on Friday, June 23th through Saturday, June 24th 2017 at the famous Little Fenway complex in Essex Junction, VT.

 

T1D (Type 1 diabetes) is a lethal, life-altering autoimmune disease that cannot be prevented and for which there is currently no cure. SLAMT1D, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization committed to changing the game for people living with T1D. We host grassroots sports tournaments that empower T1Ders to live life in full by broadening awareness about T1D; funding and aiding T1D camp organizations, camps and camperships; educational programs; peer-to-peer support; and mentoring opportunities for T1Ders of all ages.

 

To put things into perspective, if someone is diagnosed with T1D at age 5, he or she will have to administer roughly 24,000 insulin injections just to reach the age of 18.  That is 5 shots per day. Now, add that number to the nearly 40,000 finger pricks (that's right, another needle) that the same 18-year old has inflicted to check his or her blood sugar levels. These are just two of many aspects of living that people with T1D have to focus on to manage a “normal” life...but despite everything a T1Der or caregivers do, life is never normal.

 

As Joe Maddon, manager of the Chicago Cubs said, “Even though I had a player like Sam Fuld who has Type 1 diabetes, it wasn’t until I attended this SLAMT1D tournament that I realized how difficult and dangerous the disease is, and how much someone has to do just to stay alive. It really opened my eyes.” 

 

SLAMT1D WIFFLE® ball tournaments are an off-the-hook fun way for people with and without this awful disease to come together, raise awareness about T1D, and have a great time playing America’s favorite backyard game with a bit of a Big League vibe. Since our first tournament in 2011, teams have raised over $300,000 that has helped launch awareness initiatives and tournaments from New England to Florida; fund camps and camperships; create and fund Vermont’s first weeklong overnight camp for kids with T1D; fund educational programs at UVM Children’s Hospital; and develop peer-to-peer and mentoring opportunities for T1Ders of all ages.

 

Last year, eighteen teams competed and raised $105,000! This year, 18 team spots are available and our total team fundraising goal is $150,000. Many teams from last year will be returning, so there are only a few spots open for new teams. Teams are guaranteed 4 games of tournament play, with an opportunity to make the playoffs via tournament play or Wild Card Lottery. Players and fans will enjoy game action with live play-by-play announcers, music, good food, raffle prizes, and the signature Home Run Derby! 

 

For more about SLAMT1D info, please visit www.slamt1d.org. You may also click the FAQ tab below to find out more about the 7th Annual Vermont Summer Classic. 

Team Organizer's Photo

The Growler Garage

Amount Raised:

$10,970

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Broadview Bombers

Amount Raised:

$7,085

Team Organizer's Photo

DA BULLS

Amount Raised:

$3,560

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Grady's Gang

Amount Raised:

$3,190

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Bat Attitudes

Amount Raised:

$3,503

Team Organizer's Photo

Alliance Students

Amount Raised:

$2,220

Team Organizer's Photo

Fighting Wifflers

Amount Raised:

$5,675

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Purple Pumpers

Amount Raised:

$3,660

Team Organizer's Photo

Marathon Wellby's

Amount Raised:

$2,446

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Breaking Ballers

Amount Raised:

$4,796

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IBEW LOCAL 300

Amount Raised:

$6,150

Team Organizer's Photo

Citizen Cider All Times

Amount Raised:

$1,421

Team Organizer's Photo

SLAMT1D General Donations

Amount Raised:

$10,185

Team Organizer's Photo

Mt. Mansfield Media

Amount Raised:

$270

Team Organizer's Photo

Dealer.com

Amount Raised:

$100

Team Organizer's Photo

Hingham U Wagoneers

Amount Raised:

$0