Hundreds of kids will get an opportunity to attend summer camp this year thanks to the 26th annual Battle of the Barristers (BOTB) Softball Tournament Tuesday in Essex County.
Preliminary division games will begin at 1:30 p.m. at Brookdale Park, followed by a championship game at 6:30 p.m. at Yogi Berra Stadium on the Montclair State University campus. Admission is free with an all-you-can-eat barbecue from 7-9 p.m. Gates open from 6-10 p.m. All teams and their guests are encouraged to attend the championship game and the post-game party.
Teams make donations based on their ranking and the kinds of plays they make. For example, a home run costs $125, grand slams $500 and double plays or strikeouts $125. The minimum a team pays is $5,750; the maximum is $8,500.
Event organizers said last year’s tournament made it possible for over 400 children to attend summer camp after it reportedly raised $100,000. This year, they hope to surpass that number.
The tournament, a fundraiser for the nonprofit Greater Newark Fresh Air Fund, is comprised of attorneys from Essex, Bergen and Morris county law firms. This year’s tournament chairs are Angelo J. Genova, Esq. and Douglas E. Solomon, Esq. from the Newark-based firm Genova Burns Giantomasi & Webster.
Rain date for the event is this Wednesday.
Visit the 2012 Battle of the Barristers Facebook page for more information.