Reflecting on Kickball for a Cure

Our family’s first Kickball for a Cure is over, and it’s heartwarming to see how so many people helped make a real difference in the fight against type 1 diabetes.

This was a truly local effort.

First, there was the incredible support of the South Milwaukee Little League, which opened their doors with open arms to host the tournament, and fielded a team.

We had so many local volunteers, dozens of people who stepped up to make this happen, from family members to family friends to diabetes families to South Milwaukee Little League families to the South Milwaukee Lions, and many, many more. A special shoutout to our umpires — kids and adults, people like Andy Schendel and the Lindner family, who volunteered their time to make sure these spirited games remained fun, yet competitive.

Then there was love shown by local businesses. So many stepped up to donate raffle items and other goods and services, including a huge bratwurst donation by Milwaukee Sausage Co. Moran’s fielded three teams.

Indeed, it was so much fun to see all of the teams who took part, from the South Milwaukee Police Department Porkchops to the Salisott Diabeaters to “It’s a SMLL World” (the Little League group) to the family teams.

Congratulations to Moran’s Pub #3, the tournament winners, led by Chris Stritchko, and to our runner-up squad, Shredder Teens, a group of 14-year-olds from Oak Creek, who made a terrific run. Well done!

We can’t thank everyone enough.

Of course the real winners are those suffering from type 1 diabetes, as we netted … wait for it … more than $2,500 for JDRF Southeastern Wisconsin!

And we’re not done yet. Kickball for a Cure continues with our online auction for four tickets and a parking pass to the Green Bay Packers-Minnesota Vikings game on September 16. Bidding is open and ends Friday. Bid here.

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