Charitable football tourney to be largest ever
Middletown, NJ – Plans are underway for the 11th annual Turkey Bowl – Monmouth County’s largest touch football tournament – to be held on Saturday, Nov. 27 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Thorne Middle School. Proceeds will once again benefit Red Bank-based charity Jason’s Dreams for Kids, an organization that grants wishes to terminally and chronically ill children.
Due to the continued growth and success of the event since 2000, the Turkey Bowl committee is pleased to announce the creation of a larger charitable organization titled Play2Win. Its mission is to continue the growth of the Turkey Bowl as well as develop additional athletic events throughout the year to benefit local children’s charities.
Play2Win president Adam Kazalski, of Little Silver, who founded the Turkey Bowl said, “Seeing how far this event has come from its early days as a neighborhood game on Thanksgiving weekend, we recognized that there is more we can do to help a number of area charities in a way that is different from traditional fundraising.”
The Turkey Bowl has raised over $200,000 since its inception fulfilling wishes for children and rekindling the glory days for its participants.
“It’s a win-win for everybody involved and – as a father – it’s a great way for men recognize their good fortune and give back to the community,” said Kazalski, “while ultimately having fun.”
This year between 16 and 20 teams of between 10 and 16 players will take the field for a donation of $1,250 per team that includes team shirts, knit caps, and station food and beverages stations courtesy of the ACFEF Chef & Child Foundation. The tournament is held rain or shine and players must be 18-years-of-age or older to play.
2010 team sponsors include Preferred Client Group, Eatontown Lions Club, Seastreak, Kennedy Law Firm, Jamison, Eaton and Wood, McLaughlin Financial Group, World Auto Group, CiBan, ICx- DAQ Electronics, William Cordivari -First Hallmark Mortgage, The Next Generation Foundation, McLoone’s Restaurants, and International Planning Alliance in addition to field sponsors Giordano, Halleran and Ciesla, Mountain Hill School, Frank and Jeanne Shanley, HMC Assoc., Hope for Children, and Builders’ General Supply Company.
Additionally, the Monmouth University track team is donating their time to facilitate as event referees and all Turkey Bowl players, sponsors and event volunteers will receive tickets to an upcoming Monmouth University basketball game at the MAC courtesy of Monmouth University Women’s Basketball.
Play2Win is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that facilitates sporting events for the benefit of locally based charities that focus on area children. Founded in 2010, Play 2 Win and its grassroots executive committee has been responsible for the growth and development of the Turkey Bowl, one of New Jersey’s largest touch football tournaments, and in 2010 held its inaugural Drive to the Hoop 3-on-3 basketball tournament at Monmouth University. For more information about Play2Win call 848-456-3055.