This weekend, former Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown will play in a Wiffle Ball tournament for charity.
Scot Teller, an actor and former Reading Phillies bullpen catcher, is prioritizing to find ways to stay active during these unprecedented times amid the COVID-19 pandemic. And, what batter way to do so while supporting charity?
On Saturday, June 6, several area athletes will partake in the inaugural Wiffle Ball Battle Tournament at Dream Field in Reading, Berks County, benefiting the Dream League and Baseballtown Charities.
The tournament, organized by Teller and his family, will feature former and current baseball players in the competition, including: 2013 Phillies All-Star Domonic Brown; fellow outfielder and Reading Phillies Hall of Famer Michael Spidale; as well as Niko Hulsier and Travis Blankenhorn, who grew up in the area and now play for the Tampa Bay Rays and Minnesota Twins’ organizations, respectively.
Villanova Wildcats 2016 NCAA champion Kris Jenkins and reality TV Star Jon Gosselin will also participate.
The tournament came together in just a couple of weeks. Scott told WFMZ: “I was thinking, ‘you know, it would be really cool if I got my buddies together and play Wiffle Ball. … I put it out there to people. I got a good response, so I just started planning it. Everybody wanted to get together. Everybody was missing being outside, and we just want to have a good time.”
The Dream League was formed to provide those with physical and mental disabilities “the same chance to enjoy the same game so many able-bodied players enjoy every day across the country.”
Unlike traditional baseball diamonds, Dream Field — which opened April 2018 — is easily accessible for those with assistive devices, including wheelchairs and walkers. To assure safety, the field is rubberized turf, and bases and mounds are painted on the field to eliminate raised obstacles.
While guests are invited to watch the tournament, Teller stressed on social media that it will follow CDC guidelines in regard to social distancing.