Penn. Softball Tournament Honors EMT Student Who Committed Suicide
July 15—In its five years of existence, the annual Softball For Life tournament had never seen a day of play without rain.
But the fifth installment of the tournament, created in the memory of the 19-year-old Berks County resident who took his own life in 2014, saw perfect weather all day on Saturday at Gov. Mifflin High School, bringing out a record field of competitors and an all-time high for donations.
Corey Winson, the late Michael Winson's sister and organizer of the tournament, said that 100 players on nine teams participated in Saturday's event.
And more than $1,800 was raised for the Michael A. Winson Memorial Foundation, an organization dedicated to bring attention to and prevent adolescent suicide.
The foundation awards $850 scholarships each year to emergency medical technician students at Reading Hospital. Michael Winson, who suffered from mental illness, was studying to be an EMT before his suicide.
Corey Winson said that her brother would be happy to know that a team made up of his friends, The Carpe Diems, came away with their first tournament championship on Saturday.
She said Michael had a "carpe diem" tattoo, and his friends also pay tribute by wearing his favorite No. 2 on their jerseys.
"I know my brother would be doing the same thing if this happened to one of his friends," Corey said. "He'd be right there leading the pack and doing everything he could to raise awareness."