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This is the article in Softball Canada's April edition of "Around The Horn".

Thank you very much to Mike Branchaud and Softball Canada for recognizing the 'Aidan Teague/Mac Kids Charity Softball Classic' with an article in their magazine.

Please read on;

Friday, May 30 at 6 pm it all gets going again.
It is the Aidan Teague/Mac Kids Charity Softball Classic.
The Aidan Teague/Mac Kids Charity Softball Classic was started in 2006 by Melanie and Neil Teague as a thank you to the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit of McMaster Childrens Hospital, where their youngest son, Aidan, spent the first couple of weeks of his life.
Within hours of his birth in February of 2006, Aidan was rushed to the NICU unit at Mac after a series of unexplained seizures left him unable to breathe for himself. Thanks to the staff at Mac, Aidan enjoyed a full recovery and we soon realized that Mac is a place of daily miracles.
"After Aidans release, Melanie and I got thinking as to what we could do to help with the care and comfort of the kids, who, by no choice of their own, must spend days, weeks or even months at Mac. Seeing as both of us are involved in Softball at local, provincial and national levels, the tournament is a natural fit for our wishes.
With over $26,000 raised and donated through the tournament to date, this event serves as not only an opportunity for local softball teams to get together for a wonderful cause, but it has also allowed us to meet parents and kids who have experienced the care that McMaster Childrens Hospital is famous for. Each year we have participants approach us during the weekend offering their stories and experiences with Mac.
The tournament is made up of Recreational, Intermediate and Competitive brackets in both Coed and Mens divisions and kicks off Friday night with the first pitch(es) being thrown out by Leaf Great, Johnny Bower and Hockeys Greatest Dad, Walter Gretzky.
With skill levels ranging from players who pick up a glove once a year on through to some of the most skilled players Canada has to offer, this tournament has something for everyone.
One of the most anticipated events of the weekend is the Higgins/ProTeam Restorations His and Her Homerun Challenge. While the weekend is all about sportsmanship, camaraderie and teamwork, this event gives individuals a chance to shine. Make no mistake, while participants certainly give their all to claim the Higgins/ProTeam Restorations prize package, the Homerun Challenge is mostly about good natured bragging rights.
Last year, between the Mens and Ladys, we had over 50 entries into the homerun challenge and it truly was a highlight of the weekend with the Ladys title, in particular, going to 3 overtime rounds before Noelle Small was declared the winner over a game, Melissa Van Delen. The Mens category was won by the consistent swings of Jesse Marsh.
Saturday night is all about the music, the party and the excitement of the final bidding on items in the silent auction.
With items ranging from softball equipment and autographed sports memorabilia on through to house wares and tickets to upcoming events, the excitement of the last few minutes leading up to the closing of bids on the auction items is a great kickoff to the party that is Saturday Night at the Aidan Teague/Mac Kids Charity Softball Classic.
Saturday night also brings the live musical experience of John Regan.
While recognized as a player on the national softball stage, Johnny is even more recognized for his play at an international level on the music stage. Having played internationally with the likes of Rik Emmet, Larry Gowan and Roger Hodgson, to name a few, Johnny and his 1 man piano show rock the beer tent till the wee hours of Sunday morning.
Sunday brings the playoff rounds and the eventual crowning of the division champions. While teams receive no money for their play in this event, the prizes donated by our sponsors and partners are second to none for recognition of the eventual champions.
In addition to the crowning of the divisional champions, there is also the selection and recognition of divisional MVPs and selection and recognition of the player in each division who exhibits the most important quality of the weekend, sportsmanship.
Individual and team prizing, as well as our silent auction items, are graciously donated by our tremendous and greatly appreciated sponsors and partners.
Without the support of Higgins/ProTeam Restorations, Combat Baseball, Slopitch Ontario, Softball Canada, NSA Canada, Slopitch National, Corbetts Source For Sports, Playhard Sports, Demarini Canada, Anderson Bats, Easton Canada, Victory Sports, Toronto Blue Jays, Ward And Patch Sports, Joel Greek Logos, Tanel360, CIBC, HJM Insurance, Stephensons Rental, Jakd Softball, Insite Corporate Imaging, Asset Inc, Sportsbleachers.com, Argus Medical, Aim Lock, Scannel Moving, Cation Excavating, as well as our generous individual donors and partners, this event and its financial result for the kids of McMaster Childrens Hospital would not be possible.
Equally as important are our volunteers. From manning the beer tent, to barbeque duty, to beverage runs, to Umpiring, to general cleanup, this would not be possible without the 35+ individuals who share in our passion and our weekend.

I will leave the final words to our sponsors and those who return each year to support the kids;
- "The Aidan Teague/Mac Kids Charity Softball Classic is a unique event where associations, businesses and individuals alike are united by a common love of the game of slo-pitch, and is a perfect opportunity to work together to benefit a worthy cause out of respect for the challenges that can be presented to any of our families at any time. This event has succeeded, and will continue to succeed, because of its simple mandate of being "for the children" and it is one that everyone wants to step up to the plate to help. - Tom Buchan, CEO of Slo-Pitch Ontario
- The Annual Aidan Teague charity tournament for McMaster Hospital brings people together for a weekend of fun with their families and Higgins/ProTeam Restorations is proud to help support this fantastic event. Darrin Frickey, President of Higgins/ProTeam Restorations
- What else can I say? One of the largest tournaments of the year, with a special reason behind it. We're not playing for money or prizes. We are playing for the kids.
This will be my second time going to this tournament and its already one of my favorites. This will be an annual event for me from now on. Adrian Rice Sportsfreaksonline.com Super Draft participant
- We are pleased to support the Childrens Hospital and surrounding community. We know our efforts have truly paid off when we are able to help such a worthwhile cause, Thank you to all involved" - Dave Leys President of Jakd / Big League Sports
- I make a 4-5 hour drive down from Sudbury Ontario for this tournament. It's an amazing tournament to meet new people, play great ball and it's for a phenomenal cause....Why wouldn't I go? Eric Levasseur Member Sportsfreaksonline.com
- Great cause. Great tournament. One of the best tournaments in Ontario. Brian Vale
- Combat is extremely proud to be affiliated with the Mac Kids Charity Tournament. What attracted us to this tournament is not only the cause, but also the fact that 100% of the proceeds are donated to the kids. Not only that, but the Teagues run a top calibre tournament with great ball and a great time for all. Bruce MacAllister, National Sales Manager, Combat Baseball
- Great time, well organized. Nice to see so many volunteers and sponsors. Very laid back tourney as we are all there for one reason. The Kids! Kevin Robins Team Ninja Boot

 

 

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To volunteer, donate, enter a team or simply for further information on the Aidan Teague/Mac Kids Charity Softball Classic, please view our website at www.aidanteague.com or please feel free to contact Neil and Melanie Teague at teeger@sympatico.ca.

Thank you for taking your time to read and to support.
Neil, Melanie, Aaron, Sydney and especially Aidan Teague