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Moms for Make-A-Wish Softball Tournament

In 1991, several mothers from the Pottsville area of Schuylkill County were watching their children play tee ball, sharing stories of their own experiences with a bat and glove, when the idea of playing a game of softball as a charity benefit began to form.  A member of the group was actively involved as a local Make-A-Wish® volunteer and the connection was made: the first Moms for Make-A-Wish Softball Tournament was held and raised $2,000.  Twenty-four years later, a few of the original players and many new additional recruits continue the annual tradition of a week-long softball tournament to raise funds for Make-A-Wish.  These dedicated women who form 17 teams conduct fundraising activities such as basket bingos, lottery calendar sales, donut sales, dine out events, poker runs, dinner and theme dances, and more as individual teams throughout the year, and have raised more than $500,000 collectively since the tournament’s inception. The 2015 event raised more than $100,000 alone. 


  • Wish kid Mackenzie with Blue Mountain Family Chiropractic softball team

  • Emma sells lemonade to raise money for Make-A-Wish.

  • Buddy's Babes Softball Team

  • Wish kid Carson was given gifts by his softball team sponsors -- the Schuylkill Center Slammers, Twisted Sisters, Silly Sluggers and Wild Things

  • B Division Champs Auburn VFW Lady Warriors

  • Wish kids on field during the opening ceremony.

  • Returning A Division Champs Werner Lady Lumber from Pine Grove

  • Wish kid Carson in the press box during the tournament.

  • A hit

  • Beer Mountain Slammers team with kids

  • Beer Mountain team member runs the bases

  • Wendy works to raise money for Make-A-Wish.

  • Three New Minersville Fire House Bikers Softball teammates.

  • New Minersville Fire House Bikers Softball Team poses with wish child Alexander from Coaldale.

  • New Minersville Fire House Bikers Softball Team at Yuengling's Ice Cream fundraiser

  • Wild Things Softball

  • Herricanes Softball Team

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