Perfect Game 13U Select Baseball Festival
Join us on August 29, 2021
Ben Ford, Vice President of National Development at Perfect Game, announced that the Perfect Game 13U Select Baseball Festival will return in 2021. This is the 3rd annual edition of the country’s premier showcase for all of the 13U level in all of youth baseball.
The rosters are comprised of the top 36 age-eligible prospects from across the nation and most will come from the national high school class of 2025. The players are identified and selected through a series of Perfect Game events.
Far more than just a game, the event provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the players selected. During this weekend, the 13U players will participate in a series of baseball related activities in addition to interacting with children undergoing pediatric cancer treatment at The Toby Keith Foundation's OK Kids Korral.
NOTE: Fundraising competition cutoff is 7 PM EST on Saturday, August 28. Top fundraisers will receive their awards at the banquet.
Who were the top fundraisers in 2020?
Jack Ruckert at $11,135 and Dean Moss at $10,050!
"The Perfect Game Cares Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity, is proud to partner with our 14U, 13U and 12U Select Baseball Festival players to raise important funds for the children and families battling cancer as well as children from America's most at risk communities," said Jennifer Ford, Executive Director of Perfect Game Cares. "Together we are one step closer to changing the narrative for these beautiful children."
There is no greater gift than keeping families strong and together during a difficult time. If we can alleviate stress on a family, encourage a brother or sister and comfort a sick child, then we will make a difference in the fight against cancer.
Every dollar counts in the race to save the life of a child battling poverty and cancer. Meet this year's MVPs, Jaxon and Draegan!
Jaxon is an 11-year-old boy who was first diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of 2. The tumor was diagnosed as Ewing's and Jaxon underwent both chemo and radiation. This tumor has returned twice with surgeries and chemo following. In addition to his previous treatments, Jaxon was diagnosed with Acude Myeloid Leukemia and received a transplant on July 16, 2019. Jaxon's family is waiting for news on a recent MRI that showed a tumor in the same brain cavity as his other three tumors, though they are hopeful that it is benign. Jaxon will have a portion of his skull replaced late this summer or early fall that is currently being 3D printed. He took the news like a champ; his response was "I have done this before. No matter what it is--I got it." Jaxon is always smiling and loves everyone. He is so excited to be the MVP of the 13U Select Baseball Festival for the third year.
Draegan is an 11-year-old avid lover of baseball. He was diagnosed with Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (SJIA) and Macrophage Activation Syndrome (MAS) in October 2014. Draegan's journey with OK Kids Korral begin in June of 2019 when he received a bone marrow transplant following chemo treatments. He stayed at the Korral for over 45 days. He is ready to take the field as MVP for the third year and you may find him shagging balls, playing catch, or even in the dugout.
The premier showcase event at the 13U level in all of youth baseball, is set to return for 2021. Activities surrounding the 3rd Annual 13U Select Baseball Festival will take place in August.
The game will be live-streamed on PerfectGame.TV. Many of the specific details of the four-day schedule are still being finalized.
FREE GAME TICKETS AVAILABLE
Beginning in 2018, PG Cares extended free tickets to all local families for admission to the game. We will continue that tradition in 2021 and hope to see the stands full of local families. It will be a great day at the park, watching the best of 13U players, while raising money for the children experiencing pediatric cancer and underserved youth.
For information regarding the Select Festival Game, contact Ben Ford at [email protected]
For information regarding Perfect Game Cares, fundraising, or for free tickets, contact our Executive Director Jennifer Ford at [email protected] or 319-298-2923.