Teams battle diabetes through Wiffle Ball Bonanza

Teams took to the field to change the game against Type 1 Diabetes Saturday in the 9th annual Wiffle Ball Bonanza.


120 players made up 12 teams that competed in a popular community event in Ligonier.

In 2008, Zach Freeman attempted to host a Wiffle Ball tournament in his neighbor’s backyard. 12 people participated and that laid the foundation for years to come.

The event continued to grow as more people came to play the backyard game. Freeman says family vacations and weddings have been scheduled around the WBB.

The field has also seen some changes. The patch of land has been designed as a miniature replica of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Forbes Field.

The event also included food, drinks, live music, fireworks and a home run derby.

Freeman, a Type 1 Diabetic, decided to start raising through the event. Since 2012, the WBB and its participants have raised nearly $25,000 for diabetes research.

Donations can be made at the following link.

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