Every year since 2016, the JRF Panthers Softball team hosts a charity softball tournament with the proceeds going to a charity of the team’s choice. This year the tournament hits a little closer to home for the team from Reading, PA.
With a majority of the team consisting of 2009 Exeter High School graduates, most remember the day they heard that their friend, teammate, and classmate passed away on March 15, 2008. Joshua Wayne Anthony Brown was a football and basketball player for Exeter High School and a beloved classmate, who was well liked amongst his peers. When the news hit that he had collapsed and passed away due to an enlarged heart while playing basketball, the game he loved; it affected the class of 2009 hard.
This Saturday, July 20th, 2019, the JRF Panthers will honor their friend who they never forget by hosting a slow-pitch softball tournament in his memory. The proceeds will go to the American Heart Association, hoping that more research can lead to better ways of detecting enlarged hearts in athletes to prevent situations like Josh’s from happening in the future. The tournament will also feature a mini 3 vs 3 basketball tournament in honor of Josh’s favorite sport. The tournament is named “Ball for Brizz”, after Josh’s nickname “Brizz”. It will consist of a DJ, Photos, food, drinks, and raffles from many businesses such as Applebee’s, Shady maple, Reading Fightin Phils, Philadelphia Flyers and More!!
The JRF Panthers are currently looking for softball and basketball teams to participate in this great cause. The entry fee for Softball teams is $150 and $50 for Basketball teams. To learn more please contact Derek Evans at 610-790-3306 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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