Baseball Tournament Celebrates Chelsea King’s Memory
Home Run for Chelsea
The Chelsea’s Light Foundation recently hosted the fourth annual Home Run for Chelsea tournament in Poway, marking the tournament’s return to Chelsea King’s home and the heart of the foundation. The series is one of the largest annual charity youth baseball tournaments in San Diego County. Teams gathered to play baseball, honor Chelsea King, and benefit the Chelsea’s Light Foundation, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the foundation.
This year’s tournament was held in a single location for a more united event. Over forty teams, with players ranging in age from 8 to 14 years old, played ball despite the intense heat. Elite, Competitive, and Recreational divisions allowed teams of all skill levels to participate. Many teams wore sunflowers in their ball caps, sported team shirts honoring Chelsea, or created special team banners. After one game, the entire team slid into home one by one, saying Chelsea’s name as they did so. Another team wore shirts with the number 11, the number Chelsea’s brother Tyler wore when he pitched for a team in Poway. Throughout the tournament, approximately fifty moms stepped up to coach either a few innings or an entire game. The Miracle League also participated, with special needs players each partnered with a buddy.
The Chelsea’s Light Foundation provides academic and extracurricular scholarships, prepares annual Chelsea’s Law Impact Reports, promotes the Chelsea’s Light Peer Corps peer-to-peer program, and hosts the annual events Finish Chelsea’s Run and Home Run for Chelsea. To learn more about the foundation visit www.chelseaslight.org.