Justin Sheftell Tourney to take place on June 15
The 15th annual Justin Sheftel Memorial Softball Tournament will take place June 15 at the Lehigh County Athletic Fields.
What started as a friendly softball game in 2005 in memory of Sheftel, who was hit and killed by a drunken driver just hours after graduating from Parkland High School, has now donated more than $450,000 to the Lehigh Valley community.
For the 15th Anniversary, an anonymous donor will match any new donations, including increased donations to the 2019 tournament from past donors.
St. Luke’s University Health Network and Sports Medicine will return as presenting sponsor along with Phillies Hall of Famer pitcher Steve Carlton.
Twenty-two teams will be competing and more than 800 friends, family and community members will attend.
There will also be a free sports clinic for middle and high school students featuring Carlton.
The tournament will feature fun, food, softball and activities for all ages.
Information on how to meet Carlton and become a sponsor is available at justinsheftel.com/sponsorship/sponsorship-information.
New this year is a drunk driving simulation course sponsored by Vinart dealerships in partnership with Buckle Up PA and the Highway Safety Network.
Participants will experience impaired driving first-hand. Through a pair of “drunk goggles,” participants will drive golf carts around a series of cones. The driver will lose depth perception, vision will be impaired as well as their balance.
A police officer will accompany them in the passenger seat and talk to them during the driving course.
Drivers will be able to interact and explain what they are feeling and why.
Participants can also wear the goggles to play a bean bag toss game to provide them with another perspective. The Lehigh Valley DUI/Highway Safety Task Force trailer will be on display with an information booth as well.
Since 2006 scholarships have been awarded to Parkland seniors, and, in 2019, scholarships will now be awarded to seniors at Parkland, William Allen and Dieruff high schools.
The memorial fund also supports the Miracle League of the Lehigh Valley, Bike Works and the Allentown School District’s Drive program for middle school baseball players.
For more information about the memorial fund and how to contribute, visit justinsheftel.com.