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18 & Under Sellersville Belles : 2018 22nd Annual Fall Classic
Sellersville Belles Gold Paul Koehler
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  Friday, August 11
Fall Classic to Benefit MPS Society
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Greetings everyone from Sellersville and the 21st Annual Fall Classic. For the past decade the Fall Classic has done something to benefit the local community beyond softball. For the past two years monies have gone to the MPS Society. This year will be no different from the past two. We are supporting the MPS Society – a nation wide but little known organization. The reason for this support is that this hits very close to home for Sellersville Belles Gold Manager and Fall Classic Tournament Director Paul Koehler and his family. Coach K lost his nephew Ryan Mask to Sanfilippo Syndrome (one of 9 MPS/ML disorders) on January 12, 2008. Ryan was an avid baseball and softball fan, and he would frequently attend and cheer for the Sellersville Belles. It is maybe no coincidence that the MPS Society displays a PURPLE RIBBON.

Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) is a rare, degenerative genetic disorder caused by the body’s inability to produce specific enzymes. Normally, the body uses enzymes to break down and recycle materials in cells. In individuals with MPS and related diseases, the missing or insufficient enzyme prevents the proper recycling process, resulting in the storage of materials in virtually every cell of the body. As a result, cells do not perform properly and may cause progressive damage throughout the body, including the heart, bones, joints, respiratory system and central nervous system. While the disease may not be apparent at birth, signs and symptoms develop with age as more cells become damaged by the accumulation of cell materials. The average life expectance is early adolescence.

Although there is currently no cure for MPS or related diseases, research is making great strides. Carrier detection, the development of replacement enzymes, and the possibility of gene therapy, are among today’s research themes and treatment options. Bone marrow transplantation has been considered successful for many, though relatively few individuals qualify for this high-risk procedure. We’ve made major advancements in research thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Society and its members. Since 1975 the Society has supported individuals and families affected with MPS and related diseases. We are governed by a member-elected volunteer Board of Directors, many of whom are parents of children with MPS and related diseases. We benefit from the expertise of a Scientific Advisory Board, comprised of world-class physicians, researchers and medical professionals throughout the world. We need your support in helping us teach our mission to others and raising the money we need to support medical research – the key to longer, happier lives with MPS.

Your support during this tournament is very much appreciated. From each entry fee, $25 will be donated to the MPS Society in Ryan’s name. Also, $5 from every tournament t-shirt will be donated to the MPS Society. All proceeds from the Swing For Courage Home Run Derby will be given as well. We are happy your team has entered.

Now you can do two other things:

1. Buy a tournament t-shirt

2. Enter the Swing For Courage Home Run Derby.

See you in Sellersville!!



Friday, August 11
22nd Annual Fall Classic dates set...

Yes, for over 21 years the Sellersville Belles have been successfully running the Fall Classic.  It is a great weekend of competition and showcase softball.  Saturday play is a showcase format with Sunday being a preset single elimination tournament.  The games are 1 hour and 45 minutes apart allowing 1 hour and 30 minutes and finish the inning - no 1 hour 15 minute drop dead games.  We do field maintenance after EVERY game, including but not limited to relining of lines and filling "hole" at the pitching rubber.  All fields have 200' outfield fences and outfield foul line and out of play lines are spray painted for a true line, not just the umpires "eye."

The tournament is also a fund-raiser for the MPS Society.  The last two years we have donated $3000 with a goal of over $4000 this year.  A big part of this is the Annual Home Run Derby that occurs during the course of play on Saturday. 

Of course the snack stand offers it's usual quality fare, featuring hot foods.  But best of all are the Apple Dumplings.  This year we will feature the original apple dumplings that the Belles starting selling 15 years ago, but have not been available the last three years.  Don't miss out on these!!  

You can get the registration form here and register imnediately.  Hope to see you in Sellersville on Oct. 20-21, 2018. 


Handout: 2018 Fall Classic Information


 
Last updated 09/17/18 11:00 PM
 

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