Eric Whitten Memorial: Welcome

Eric Whitten 1-30-61 to 1-6-04
Eric Whitten 1-30-61 to 1-6-04
Monday, October 21
Welcome to the Eric Whitten Memorial

Welcome to the Eric Whitten Memorial Tournament site.

Thank you to everyone who helped make the 2013 tournament such a huge success.  Thanks to everyone's efforts we were thrilled to be able to send $4,000 to the NE ALS Association, which is a grand total of $40,000 coming from the Eric Whitten Memorial.  Thank you thank you thank you!

 We are taking registrations for the 2014 Eric Whitten Memorial.    The U-16 Division is FULL.

The following teams have registered: 

U-14: NE Diamond Gems-White ; Maine Thunder Elite; Southern Maine Frenzy; Granite State Gamers Green; Granite State Gamers Gold

U-16: Maine Panthers, Bay State Thunder, Elite, Maine Hornets, NH Comets White , NE Diamond Gems-Orange ; NH Lightning 16U Black; Southern Maine Frenzy Black; Southern Maine Frenzy-Vegas; Granite State Gamers Gold; Granite State Gamers Green  FULL

U-18: Bay State Thunder, Elite, Dover Extreme, NH Lady Cannons, NE Diamond Gems-Orange ; Maine Thunder Elite, Southern Maine Flames ; Granite State Gamers; VT Cyclones  FULL

The goal of the Eric Whitten Memorial Tournament is to provide a tournament that serves the softball community competetive softball and a great deal of fun for the coaches, players and families while making money to donate to fight ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). This tournament is a charity event, the funds raised are donated to an ALS related charity. Over the past 6 years of tournaments we have been blessed to be able to send over $38,000 to the Northern New England ALS Association located in Concord New Hampshire.  

We are so proud to hold the tournament on the beautiful fields of the Wainwright Athletic Complex in South Portland, Maine.   The address of the complex is 125 Gary L. Maietta Parkway, South Portland, ME 04106.  The directions to the complex are on the website under locations.  

Contact us at nanwhitten@yahoo.com or facebook us at Eric Whitten Memorial to Benefit ALS to get the registration form .

 This tournament is given in loving memory of Eric Whitten who was diagnosed with ALS in 2002 and lost his battle to this horrible disease in 2004. Eric was married with two daughters(Ahlya and Kiera)at the time of his death. During his lifetime Eric was a sports enthusiast who played many sports including softball and who coached his daughters'sports teams including ASA softball. We hold this tournament to honor Eric's memory and to celebrate his life and all that he gave others.   

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually lead to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With all voluntary muscle action affected, patients in the later stages of the disease become totally paralyzed. Yet, through it all, for the vast majority of people, their minds remain unaffected.                           

                     A special thank you to the committee that works so hard in putting this fundraiser together: Denise Cameron, Sue Hebert Gormley,Adam Hawkes, Judy Hill, Diane McCurdy, Karen Vincent, Ahlya and Kiera Whitten.