Making a stunning kick on the first pitch is Monica Linares of the Rohnert Park/Cotati Chamber of Commerce.. Photo by Robert Grant
Active 20-30 of Rohnert Park/Cotati #656 Host First Annual Kickball Tournament
By: Brittney Scardina | August 13, 2021 | The Community Voice, Rohnert Park, CA.
The Active 20-30 Club of Rohnert Park and Cotati hosted their first annual kickball tournament at Magnolia Park on Sunday, August 8, at 9 a.m. It was an event full of music, fun, laughter, food, Kona Ice and a community excited to raise money.
The Active 20-30 Club of Rohnert Park and Cotati is a club that focuses on making a better place for kids and looking to give back to underserved youth and families in Sonoma County. The club consists of members who are looking to building friendships and the opportunity for leadership development.
The kickball tournament was an event that many community members participated in as a charity event for the kids. The tournament was community-oriented and open to anyone who wanted to play. There were six teams in the tournament, all consisting of 12-15 players.
On both fields at M-Park, the kickball teams were playing games and enjoying their Sunday afternoons. Each team was sponsored by a business and had their team shirts. One team even had its own unique and colorful wigs.
The Westcoast Solar Energy company was an event sponsor for the kickball tournament. The team sponsors included: Mike Stauber Fitness, Wolfe Communication, La Rosa, Blue Apple Dental Group, Spancky’s Bar and Aled Motor Home Fleets.
Each game in the kickball tournament lasted seven innings and eventually led to the championship game of the match. The team sponsored by Mike Stauber Fitness played against the team sponsored by Blue Apple Dental. The Mike Stauber Fitness team won the tournament, but all teams enjoyed participating and having fun.
Brian Barrett, the Active 20-30 Club of Rohnert Park and Cotati President, and John Borba, one of the organizers for the event and member of the club, both enjoyed working with the other club members to put on this event. They were both very excited and thrilled to be starting a new annual event.
All the proceeds and fundraising money made from the event will go into the general fund for the Active 20-30 Club of Rohnert Park and Cotati. Those funds go back to the kids in the community.
Barrett and Borba state that every dollar they raise goes back to the kids. The Active 20-30 Club of Rohnert Park and Cotati provides back-to-school shopping for kids. “We give them backpacks, supplies, and clothes that they wouldn’t otherwise have for back-to-school shopping,” said Borba.
Around Christmas time, the Active 20-30 Club works with community members to find kids and families who wouldn’t usually get Christmas gifts or family dinners and provides that for them.
The Active 20-30 Club of Rohnert Park and Cotati wants to give back to the community. To do that, they have to raise money, which they work very hard throughout the year to plan many fundraising events.
Their next big event will be the Burning Ham BBQ Festival on Sunday, September 19. Burning Ham is a BBQ contest with delicious food and will include many activities for kids, families, adults and all to enjoy.
Currently, they have over ten teams signed up and are expecting more. This event will take place at Penngrove Park and tickets will be on sale on their website. Last year the club put on this event as a drive-through, and now they are excited to be back hosting it for many to enjoy.