Lions All-Star Baseball Tournament
After 38 years of showcasing the state's best amateur baseball and raising $370,000 for the Lions Children's Eye Clinic at the University of Minnesota, the Minnesota Lions All-Star Baseball Tournament is retiring from active play. Tournament co-founder, PDG Lion Bob Wharton shares this message:
THE FINAL OUT
The Minnesota Lions All Star Baseball Tournament has gone up to bat for the final time. For 38 years, the partnership of the Minnesota Lions and the Minnesota High School Baseball Coaches has showcased the best Minnesota high school baseball players and raised funds for eye research at the University of Minnesota. The coaches group has decided to go a different route with corporate sponsorship in place of the Lions organization providing volunteers, financial support, and off-field management of the tournament. The tournament has raised in excess of $370,000 for the Lions Eye Bank (Minnesota Lions Vision Foundation) over the years. The last 10 years the funds have been directed to pediatric eye research at the University of Minnesota.
The tournament committee would like to thank all the clubs, volunteers, and members that have worked to make a success of this project. The number of players, families, coaches, and school staff that have been introduced to the Lions of Minnesota is counted in the thousands. The project has always been run as a class project showing the Lions and volunteerism in the best light. And we hope this has been reflected in your communities.
Since the Vision Foundation has regularly counted on the funds from the tournament to schedule funding of different projects at the Department of Ophthalmology, it is hoped that if your club has budgeted for a yearly contribution to the tournament that you will forward that money to your District’s Vision Foundation Director as a donation.
Again, thank you to all that have supported and worked on this statewide Lions project.
Minnesota Lions All Star Baseball Committee
Lion Jerry McCauley
Lion Bob Wharton
Lion Bill Bard
Lion Tom Waldren