UNION CITY, Ind. – One year after the tragic death of an 8-year-old Union City all-star baseball player, the youth sports community gathered to play a benefit baseball tournament in his memory.
Thirty four teams from Ohio and Indiana made their way to the Dylan Williams Memorial Baseball Park in Union City, Ind. for the inaugural Dylan Williams Baseball Invitational. The four day tournament consisted of three age group categories: 8U, 10U and 12U. Each team paid an entry fee into the tournament, with all the proceeds from the weekend going to the Dylan Williams Forever an All-Star Foundation.
Dylan was fatally injured July 16, 2013 after being hit in the neck by a baseball during all-star practice. Since then the Williams family and friends have worked to keep the young All-Star’s memory alive and raise awareness for sports safety.
According to Dylan’s mom, Georgiana Williams, the foundation’s goal is to provide awareness through CPR training of coaches and the placement of life saving AED (automated external defibrillator) devices at youth sport fields. Each age division (8U, 10U & 12U) champion team will receive an AED (automatic defibrillator). An AED will be presented to the three age group winning teams from the tournament: 8U – Coldwater, 10U – Randolph Redlegs of Lynn, Ind., and 12U winners Greenville; during a special presentation at a later date in partnership with Cardiac Science.
Sponsors for the tournament were: Frank Miller Lumber Co, Woodbury Farms, David Kramer Farms, Thornburg Farms, Applegate Livestock Equipment, Wiley Well Drilling, Eco Vehicle Systems, Divas on the Go, Johnson’s Towing & Trucking, UC Police Dept, Carts & Parts, Kerns Brothers, Wasson Nursery, Ansonia Lumber Co, Bouser’s Barn, Keen’s Auto Sales, Allen-Katie Kerns Family, Tom-Rhonda Fields Family, The Christian Bookstore, Warren Farms, Aukermans Auto & Tire Service, Dennis Pratt- State Farm Insurance, Wasson Farms, D’s Restaurant, Buckeye Snowie, Wesley United Methodist Church & R.J. Painting & Tree Service.
The foundation’s next event is Aug. 30 for the Feel the Heat for a Cause 5K Run/Walk sponsored by Midmark Corporation to be held at Heritage Park in Versailles. You can go online to sign-up at www.goodtimesraces.com. You can like the Dylan Williams Forever an All Star Foundation (a 501c3 organization) on Facebook and to make a donation, please send check to: Citizens State Bank, c/o DW Forever an All-Star, PO Box 427, Union City, IN 47390.
Pictured is 12U winning team, the Greenville all-stars (Submitted photo)