PHOENIX -- Ready to take a swing for a good cause? Don't miss this month's M.A.D. Wiffleball Classic.
ESPN host and reporter Samantha (Steele) Ponder and her husband Christian Ponder, quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings are establishing a wiffleball tournament to benefit M.A.D. (Make A Difference) Ministries, a faith-based 501-C3 organization near and dear to both their hearts.
"Old school, backyard, family style wiffleball at Salt River Fields," says Samantha.
The M.A.D. Wiffleball Classic will be held on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at Salt River Fields' multi-purpose field at 7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale. Festivities will begin at 12:30 p.m., with first pitch tournament play from 1 p.m to 4 p.m.
There is no admission charge, though donations will be accepted. A Kids' Zone play area and food and drinks will be available for purchase. To Sign up to play on a celebrity M.A.D. Wiffleball team, visit http://bit.ly/15P2XFq.
Participants can make a tax deductible donation of $300.00 each for one position on a 7 person team, composed of two celebrities and five amateurs. Starting at 1 p.m., play will be held in a round robin format, with 24 teams competing in total. The two prevailing teams will play for the championship, ending by 4 p.m.
All team assignments will be made on a first-come, first-serve basis. Complete rules of play will be provided to all participants in advance. All participants will receive a M.A.D.Wiffleball Classic T-shirt, team photos and other prizes as available.
M.A.D Ministries is a faith-based 501-C3 organization, founded by Samantha Ponder's mother and father, Cindi and Jerry Steele. The volunteer-driven program provides college scholarships, housing, education, spiritual guidance and athletic training in inner city Phoenix, Zimbabwe, Palestine, Israel and soon, Minneapolis.