Local baseball tournament team strives to raise thousands for KC area cancer foundation

Overland Park, KS – The Mudcat Baseball Club team from Eastern Jackson County is going for a double win this October. Comprise of 12 and 13 year olds, the team is competing in Midwest Sports Productions’ Monster Bash baseball tournament from October 11-13 but simultaneously raising money for the Stephanie Vest Foundation.

“After losing my sister to cancer at the young age of 43, I am very driven to help the fight any way I can and I hope to help teach some young men a few life lessons along the way,” said Bubba Prewitt, the team’s head coach. “The Stephanie Vest Foundation honors the memory of a very special local woman and takes an out of the box approach to helping families caught up in the fight against cancer.”

Based in Lee’s Summit, the mission of the Stephanie Vest Foundation is to offer financial and emotional support to young parents facing a cancer crisis by providing grants that cover treatment traveling expenses, monthly payments such as car and home, and gift cards to purchase groceries.

In 2012, the Mudcats raised $3,100 over the course of their fall baseball season but half of it came from fundraising efforts during the Monster Bash tournament. This year, their fundraising goal is $4,000. They will raise the money by having the team’s players go out in groups before and after games asking for donations, in addition to setting up donation stations around the baseball facilities where the tournament games are being played.

“At Midwest Sports Productions (MSP) we have a strong commitment to MSP LOVE, a concept formed out of our desire to show kids that sports are not only about on-field competition but about building character, giving back to the community, and the importance of service and sportsmanship,” said Jeremy McDowell, owner of Midwest Sports Productions. “The Mudcats are a shining example of MSP Love and we are excited to help them raise money again for a very noble cause.”

The Monster Bash Tournament is a city-wide tournament taking place at six different baseball facilities in Overland Park, Shawnee Mission, Olathe, Liberty and Kansas City, Missouri. Teams from seven states will be in attendance for a total of 4,500 athletes, which breaks down into 300 teams ages eight to 18.

The projected economic impact of the tournament is $200,000. For more information about the tournament, please visit www.themonsterbash.com/baseball.html.

Online donations towards the team’s efforts may be completed via PayPal using the email address Stephanievestdonations@gmail.com. For more information about the Stephanie Vest Foundation, please visit www.stephanievest.com.

About Midwest Sports Productions Midwest Sports Productions (MSP) began in 2007 as a venture between three existing tournament entities in the Kansas City area. The goal was to provide the youth and adults of the Kansas City area and across the Midwest with unique and valuable tournament experiences through well managed and highly organized events. On an annual basis, MSP hosts 100 tournaments making it one of the largest tournament organizer in the country.

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