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Erie Frost to Support Local Family through Annual Tournament

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Battle of Lake Erie Softball Tournament to be hosted in Erie County, Pa. June 25-27

Erie, Pa:  Erie Frost Softball will host its annual Battle of Lake Erie Tournament for the fifth time this weekend, as they welcome more than 60 teams to compete across several fields in Erie County.

As part of the 2021 event, organizers are seeking to raise money to support a local family with a son battling cancer. Players and coaches will wear gold “Play for Andrew” shirts during one game of the tournament. The sale of the shirts, along with proceeds from a 50/50 drawing, will be given to the family of Chuck Dworek, an Erie Frost volunteer and supporter whose 19-year-old son, Andrew, has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma.

“Chuck has been a coach and friend of the Erie Frost organization for quite some time,” said Brian Sanders, Erie Frost board member.  “When we saw an opportunity to help raise money and awareness for his family during this difficult time, our organization wanted to do everything we could to support that. We would love to see a sea of yellow at each complex in order to show our support to the Dworek family, and provide them some much needed financial relief at this time.”

A limited number of shirts will be on sale at the tournament. The Erie Frost will operate a 50/50 raffle at each field location, with all proceeds being donated to the Dworek family. Funds are also being raised at

The sold-out tournament is set to feature more than 60 teams from 8U through 18U divisions. Games will be held at a number of softball complexes across Erie County, including Pleasant Ridge Park, Walnut Creek Complex, Girard Recreational Fields and Harborcreek Community Park.

As part of the tournament, the Erie Frost will also host a college showcase on Thursday, June 24. The showcase will be run by Michelle Wiley, Gannon University softball head coach, and attended by coaches from Clarion University, Edinboro University, Fairmont State University, Gannon University, Mercyhurst University, Notre Dame College, Penn State Behrend and Theil College.

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