MARQUETTE, Mich. (WZMQ) – The third annual Kick it to Cancer Kickball tournament began Friday night in Marquette.
Nine teams made up of local businesses, organizations, and friend groups have taken the field to compete for a great cause.
“It’s raising money for such a great cause that has touched so many people,” remarked Elleta Yunk, the founder of the tournament.
The tournament, which benefits Cancer Care of Marquette County, donates 100 percent of its proceeds. The money goes directly back into benefiting cancer patients and their families here in the Upper Peninsula.
The organization provides funding for things like transportation and bills outside of medical costs.
“This is a way for [cancer patients] to try not to have to worry about that piece as much,” commented Yunk.
The tournament is personal for many of those participating.
“Our boss struggled with cancer, and her daughter struggled with cancer,” said Grace Norman, a player for one of the competing teams.
Even the volunteers have a personal reason to help out. “All of the people that are organizers of it have a personal connection,” added Yunk.
Alongside the games, gift baskets were donated by local businesses, which spectators had a chance to win by purchasing raffle tickets. Organizers say they are already looking forward to next year’s tournament.
The games will continue Saturday Morning at 9 a.m.