A Home Run

Chelsea’s Light Foundation hosted the 7th Annual Home Run for Chelsea three-day baseball tournament at Mission Sports Park. Seventy teams and over 200 volunteers came together for the event in honor of late North County teen Chelsea King, raising $25,000 to benefit the Chelsea’s Light Foundation. Teams got into “the spirit of Chelsea” by wearing orange, her favorite color, and chanting her name out of huddles between innings. The unique tournament is played in a two-game, no advancement format with no one keeping score. Teams were encouraged to embrace the idea that their participation represented being part of a larger community-wide message of solidarity to honor and protect children everywhere. The emphasis was not on who won or lost, but on creating an environment for people to play together and contribute to the greater good.

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The Home Run for Chelsea tournament began as a grassroots outpouring of support for Chelsea’s Light in 2010, held just three months after Chelsea’s death because she had loved to watch her brother Tyler play the game. It has now grown into a fun-filled, charitable event that celebrates a common love for baseball and a shared commitment to making positive local changes. The tournament was made possible by volunteers, recreation leagues, local community leadership, travel ball clubs, and event sponsors. Field space was underwritten or donated by San Marcos Youth Baseball.

 

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Chelsea’s Light strives to unite and set free the power of engaged communities, protecting the innocence and joy of childhood, and inspiring positive change in the community. Learn more at
www.chelseaslight.org.

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