5th Annual Highway 10 Baseball Classic
Organizer: Dan Peterson 218-849-1368 firstname.lastname@example.org
June 24 – 26
Two VFW brackets for youth age 16 – 17
One Babe Ruth bracket for youth age 13 – 15
Suicide Prevention banquet
Saturday, June 25 at the New York Mills School with two serving and program times at 11 – 12:45 p.m. and 1 – 2:45 p.m.
Craig Anderson from the MARCED Organization – Dilworth
Janet Benz from the Christopher Benz Foundation – Bloomington
Funds raised through the baseball tournament go back to the participating teams in the form of $1,000 grants from the Christopher Benz Foundation to support suicide awareness and prevention efforts at their schools.
The idea of a baseball tournament with a focus on the prevention of teenage suicide began in 2007. Chris Benz was a high school senior who had a bright future ahead of him when he died by suicide in January 2007. His family and friends came together with the community and began the Chris Benz Memorial Baseball Tournament with a focus on increasing awareness and providing education and resources to prevent suicide.
In 2007 the Highway 10 Baseball Classic joined forces with the Christopher Benz Foundation to broaden the reach of suicide prevention efforts. The Christopher Benz Foundation and the Highway 10 Baseball Classic have collectively awarded over $32,000 in suicide prevention grants to 25 schools and communities throughout Minnesota and North Dakota since that first suicide prevention baseball tournament in 2007.