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Fundraising supports once-in-a-lifetime experience for Mountville Indian players
The Cooperstown, NY Dreams Park Tournament is an event spanning 12 weeks each summer. Each week of this event, over 100 teams from across the U.S. and Canada compete in a week-long tournament, where all players and coaches spend the week living and playing baseball at the 22-field Dreams Park Village complex (TOP PHOTOS).
The teams play a minimum of seven games (weather permitting) during their tournament week. An opening ceremony includes skydivers, a skills competition and other festivities for players, coaches and their families. At the closing ceremony, each player, coach and umpire is individually recognized and inducted into the American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame. They also receive a tournament ring to commemorate their induction.
For each of the 12 weeks, one team is declared that week's champion through a series of seeding and single-eliminations games that culminate with a championship game. The championship game follows the closing ceremonies.
The Mountville Indians team has been attending this tournament every year since 2002. The Indians were the champions of their week in 2003, and won the "around the horn" skills competition in 2013 - quite an accomplishment for a "town" team competing in a national tournament that primarily attracts all-star teams.
The Indians are extremely grateful that the Mountville Youth Athletic Association (MYAA) continues to be fully supportive of the Indians' participation in this tournament.
As evidence of its support, in the early years of the Indians' particiption in the tournament, the MYAA generously advanced the tournament registration fee, which is due before that year's team is selected and Indians' fundraising activities can occur. Economic challenges, however, made the practice of advancing this deposit more difficult for the MYAA. In response to that situation, an anonymous benefactor stepped forward to provide the seed money to create a fund, exclusively from which the advance registration can be paid. The fund is fully replenished each year with dollars from Indians' fundraising activities and payments made by parents of Indians players; the full cost of the tournament ultimately being paid by the families of the Indian players with personal funds offset by any fundraising dollars raised by or on behalf of their player.
The cost to participate in this tournament is more than $1,000 per player. This cost includes team lodging at the complex, meals at the complex, and all tournament fees. Players and coaches also are issued team uniforms and jackets, and receive team photos and 12 personal trading cards from the Dreams Park. Players typically also purchase a quantity of custom designed team trading pins that they exchange with players from other teams throughout the week.
Each year, Indian fundraising activities are organized by team parents to offset tournament costs for the players and their families. The Indians also participate in MYAA fundraising efforts to support the organization as a whole.
Contact the MYAA to make contributions to support the Indians Cooperstown tournament and/or the MYYA organization.
Contributions to support the Indians Cooperstown Tournament need to be marked specificlly for that purpose.