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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 08-07-2019

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Pawtucket Edition Sports & Recreation @ AUGUST 7-13, 2019 Sweet sixteen Edd Pedro's "Fight for a Cure" Wiffle Ball Tournament holds 16th annual event Sunday at Slater Park PAWTUCKET – Edd Pedro expe- rienced a "first" at last August's "Fight for a Cure" Wiffle Ball Tournament, and it was a first that he hopes never happens again. For the first time in his 15 years run- ning the popular summer tournament named after himself, he was forced to postpone the event because of that morning's inclement weather and move it to the following Sunday. Nevertheless, the tournament turned into another huge hit, raising more than $23,000 for the Arthritis Foundation that upped its 15-year total to nearly $380,000. As for this year's tournament, which will be held on Sunday, Aug. 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Slater Park, all signs point to a mostly sunny day – with temperatures in the low 80s – and the prospects of a beautiful day for Wiffle ball has certainly pleased Pedro. "You're always watching the 10-day forecast and hoping that everything's going to line up perfectly," he said last weekend. "It normally does, and everything should be fine this year." Pedro took a few minutes to talk about this year's tournament, which he created 16 years ago when his three-year-old daughter, Kelsey, was By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor Pawtucket Elks Golf League hosts Vaudry tourney on Sept. 14 PAWTUCKET -- The Pawtucket Elks Golf League will host the Bob Vaudry Memorial Golf Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 9 a.m. at the Stone-E-Lea Golf Course on 1411 County St. in Attleboro. The tournament will be a four- person scramble format, and the cost is $340 for a four-member team. This fee includes 18 holes of golf with the use of a cart, dinner following the tournament, and prizes on the course. The field will be limited to 18 teams and registration fees are due by Wednesday, Sept. 4. All the proceeds from the tourna- ment will be given to the Ronald McDonald House in Vaudry's mem- ory. Vaudry was the president of the golf league for over 40 years. For more information or entry forms, contact Buster Wall at (401) 724-4012. IN BRIEF diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, a form of arthritis in children that results in joint pain and swelling, and successfully treated for it. As a way of giving thanks to the help he received from the Arthritis Foundation, Pedro created the Wiffle ball tournament, which in no time, went from a handful of teams to the 40-team field that stepped into the bat- ter's box last summer. The proceeds from the tournament go directly to the Arthritis Foundation to help find a cure for juvenile arthritis. This week, Pedro rolled up his sleeves and has been hard at work getting ready for next Sunday's event, doing tasks from making sure all the teams are properly signed up to keep- ing tabs on the more than 200 prizes that will be up for grabs at the tourna- ment's popular mega-raffle. "It's coming along," Pedro admitted. "We could use a few more teams here and there, but overall, we're getting there." Speaking of teams, there are a hand- ful of spots open for teams in the Youth 12-and-Under, Adult Fun, and Competitive divisions. Each player will not only receive a tournament T-shirt and a $5 raffle ticket, but they will also be treated to a free barbeque meal, which will also be on sale to the public and join the usual hamburgers, hot dogs, and sausage and peppers on the menu. Last year's championship teams will also be back to defend their titles: North Smithfield-based Navigant Credit Union in the Competitive Division and Pawtucket's Grebien for Mayor in the Adult Fun Division. And here's a scouting report for those teams competing in the Competitive Division: Navigant, which is the two-time champion, will play without the services without one of its top players from last summer, C.J. Dandeneau. The former UConn reliever got drafted two months ago by the Pittsburgh Pirates and is cur- rently pitching for the Pirates' Rookie Advanced affiliate in Bristol, Tenn. "He was a ringer!" Pedro said with a laugh. "I think it's pretty cool that someone who had played in our tournament last year got drafted by a Major League team and is playing minor-league baseball." While the play on the field is sure to attract a few fans, so will the mega- raffle, which will offer prizes rang- ing from Boston Red Sox tickets to a Block Island deep sea fishing trip for four, an Agawam Hunt Country Club golf package, and a Providence Waterfire venetian gondola ride for two. For sports memorabilia collectors, the mega-raffle offers plenty of auto- graphed collectibles. A signed photo of Boston Bruin legends Phil Esposito, Wayne Cashman, and Ken Hodge, another one of Boston Red Sox legend Ted Williams, and an NFL football signed by recently retired New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski are some of the must-see items. For true New York Yankees fans, a package that includes a "Perfect Game" photo with the pitchers and catchers, a piece of padding from the Yankee Stadium wall, and some sand from the stadium promises to grab plenty of attention, and a photo and name plate of Boston Celtics super- stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown should attract hoop fans. Pedro noted that he's still looking for prizes to add to his mega-raffle, as well as volunteers to help with the tournament, especially those who are looking to fill community service hours. Visit or send an email Edd Pedro at edd@wiffle- to register a team for the tournament, become a sponsor for the event, serve as a volunteer, or for more information. Players of all ages will be in action next Sunday at the 16th annual EDD PEDRO'S "FIGHT FOR A CURE" WIFFLE BALL TOURNAMENT at Slater Park. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m. Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor are welcome from readers. Please: • Limit to 500 words. Longer letters may appear online only. • Letters on local or state topics and issues will take precedence over those on national issues. • No more than one letter per person every 8 weeks, please. • All letters must be signed and include a hometown. Send by e-mail to:, or mail to The Valley Breeze, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite 204, Lincoln, RI 02865. 2044 Smith St., North Providence, RI (401) 231-2370 fax (401) 232-9220 Congratulations! You're Engaged! Come see the largest selection of tuxedos and accessories in RI for all your formal wear needs! Ask about our Wedding Specials Ask about our Wedding Specials Ask about our Wedding Specials

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