Ferndale Kickball Challenge Still Looking for Players for Second Annual Faceoff Saturday
Come be part of one of five teams competing to raise funds for Ferndale's nonprofit organizations.
When was the last time you played a game of good ol’ American kickball?
For many, the sport brings back memories of middle school recess, waiting for your turn to step up to the plate.
But this game isn’t just for the school yard anymore. It’s back on, in a big way.
This Saturday marks the second annual Ferndale Kickball Challenge, which brings together the community’s nonprofit organizations for a day of fun and support.
Beginning at 10 a.m., five teams will play against one another at Martin Road Park to raise money for the charities while engaging in some healthy competition. The teams include: FernCare, Ferndale Community Foundation, Friends of the Ferndale Library, Ferndale Youth Assistance and a city-wide team.
“I think it is more about building connections within the Ferndale nonprofit community that makes this event special,” said Matt Nowaczok, event facilitator. “It is important that all the nonprofits have a good working relationship so that we can keep Ferndale moving forward.”
At least 60 players are expected to take part in this year’s challenge, a significant increase from last year’s 40 participants and two teams. Organizers hope the event will once again bring together a group of diverse people for a game of fun, regardless of their athletic ability.
Family and friends are also encouraged to come and cheer the teams and participate in a picnic afterward.
“It is important to let the community know what we are doing and why,” said Chairwoman of the Kickball Challenge Joann Willcock. “We are helping your neighbors because that’s the kind of community that Ferndale is; helping one another.”
Teams are still looking for players. If you are 18 or older and are interested in playing in the Ferndale Kickball Challenge, please contact Matt Nowaczok at firstname.lastname@example.org or Joann Willcock at email@example.com or call 248-398-8219. Registration costs $20 per player and includes a T-shirt.
Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the city-wide team. This version corrects that.