2018 Joe Martin ALS Softball Challenge
EVENT DATE: May 19, 2018
Batter Up! Bob's Sox and Lou's Yankees are teaming up for the 2nd Annual Joe Martin ALS Rivalry Softball Challenge!
Saturday, May 19th - 10:00 AM - Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3115 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC
Great auction items to win! Complimentary concessions available for all donors who give $10 or more per person. All funds raised will support The Joe Martin ALS Foundation!
To Play: Click Set Up Your Fundraiser above. Click Join A Team. Enter Lou's Yankees or Bob's Sox in the team search field. Select your team. Click Join The Team and follow prompts to set up your page. All players must raise a minimum of $100 to play and will receive a game shirt and baseball cap. The team with the most raised will receive special recognition at the event!
To support a team member: Click on the team or team member you would like to support below. You can make a general donation or sponsor the team to help them reach their goal. Sponsors will be featured on the event shirt and sponsor signage. All supporters who give $10 or more will receive complimentary concessions at the game for one attendee, $20 for two attendees, etc.
The purpose of The Joe Martin ALS Softball Challenge: Lou Gehrig is widely considered one of the greatest players in the history of the Major League Baseball. From 1923 until his retirement in 1939, Gehrig played 14 seasons at first base for the New York Yankees. Renowned for his prowess as a hitter and for his durability, Gehrig played an incredible 2,130 consecutive games earning him the nickname, "The Iron Horse". In July of 1939, he gave his famous "I'm the luckiest man alive" speech where he shared with his adoring fans the news of his diagnosis with ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Along with his wife, Eleanor, Gehrig worked tirelessly to bring awareness and attention to the disease which is, to this day still, referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease. This game is honoring his legacy and Bob Taylor's love of baseball to raise awareness and funds to support families with ALS.
About Robert "Bob" Taylor: In 1966, Bob graduated from East Mecklenburg High School and was drafted by the Milwaukee Braves organization. Naturally left handed, like Gehrig, Bob played first base. From 1966 to 1970, Bob played for the Braves, Cardinals, Reds and Pirates. Most notably, while playing for the St. Petersburg Cardinals, Bob played in the longest continuous baseball game in history, 29-innings, a record which stands to this day. Born in Boston, Bob is a lifelong Red Sox fan. His friends and family have joined with The Joe Martin ALS Foundation to continue the annual Joe Martin ALS Rivalry Softball Challenge to raise funds to support local families with free home care.
About The Joe Martin ALS Foundation: The Joe Martin ALS Foundation's mission is to help people live actively with free home care services. These include respite care, help with daily living such as bathing, meals and tolieting, wheelchair transportation, travel planning, caregiver training, online video training tutorials, volunteer assistance, care team organization and for the first time this year - Joe's Camp, a camp for kids whose family has been touched by ALS. All funds raised from this tournament will go to support The Joe Martin ALS Foundation and its services to those living with ALS. Questions? Please contact Sarah Hayden at The Joe Martin ALS Foundation at (704) 332-1929 or firstname.lastname@example.org.