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Dodgeball tourney raises funds for John Heinz Rehab

June 06. 2013 4:20PM
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The Sixth Annual Zachary Shoemaker Dodgeball Tourney will partner with local caregiver Heinz Rehab to raise funds to improve pediatric rehabilitation programming and services for children and families in our region.

Teams of eight players are encouraged to register at by Wednesday, June 26. Cost is $15 per person.

More than 300 dodgeball players are anticipated to compete in NEPA’s largest charity dodgeball tournament at noon on Sunday, July 14 at the Kingston Armory. Last year’s tourney brought 40 teams and raised $5,300; to date, the tourney has raised over $14,000.

This family-friendly event has raised $14,000 for Zachary Shoemaker and his family to help ease the cost of Zack’s care after he was critically and permanently injured in a car accident that almost cost him his life. Instead, it cost him his quality of life. Money raised has helped the Shoemaker family purchase helpful equipment, medications not covered by insurance and assist with financial burdens that have resulted from the accident.

Businesses are also asked to donate items to be included in the raffle auction. An in-kind items – a unique gift or experience, gift baskets, gift certificates, trips and activities – are greatly needed and truly appreciated.

The Zachary Shoemaker Dodgeball Tournament began as a one-time relief effort to aid the Shoemaker family as their lives centered around Zack’s hospitalization and rehabilitation. While Zack’s parents were unable to work, Stef Sikora – Zack’s godmother and long-time friend of Traci and Jason Shoemaker – organized the first dodgeball tournament in July 2008 to help them through the difficult time. Family and friends encouraged her to continue hosting the tournament, based on the event’s success and recognition. Realizing that the Shoemaker family would face mounds of expenses, Sikora decided to make the tournament an annual event.

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