Cure CF Miami is gearing up for it 6th Annual Kick CF with Bryant McKinnie and Friends Celebrity Kickball Tournament that will take place at Palmetto Bay Park on Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 at 12:00pm.
Kick CF is a unique kickball tournament where participants come as a team (or join one) and engage in a day of athletic fun, CF awareness, and competitive spirit. All benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. This event is hosted by Cure CF Miami, a local family foundation started by the friends and family of Delaney Binker, an 8 year old living with Cystic Fibrosis.
Delaney, who was diagnosed at 15 days old, was recently released from a two-week hospital stay that included sinus surgery, a bronchoscopy, several high dose antibiotics to combat bacteria and infections in her system, and chest physiotherapy. Therefore, this year’s kickball tournament has even more importance and meaning for the family foundation.
“We are very excited for this year’s event” stated Jerry Socherman, Director of Kick CF and Co-Founder of Cure CF Miami. “We have more celebrities, more sponsorships and even more teams. Every year this event grows. Last year we raised over $55,000 and we are looking to top $70,000 this year. This tournament is so much fun for our participants and we cannot thank our presenting sponsors, food sponsors, corporate sponsors and volunteers enough to make this all possible.”
Kickball Tournament teams can consist of 8 – 12 players comprised of adults and/or children (8 years and older). Games and divisions will be determined by the age of team participants.
Super Bowl and College Football National Champion, Bryant McKinnie will lead a team of athletes and local celebrities in a kickball game against the top teams in the tournament. Celebrities currently scheduled to appear at this year tournament includes:
BRYANT McKINNIE Antrel Rolle Jonathan Vilma Mo Sykes
Brett Romberg Willis McGahee Olivier Vernon
Vernon Carey Al Quadin Muhammed Kareem Brown
Larry Johnson Brent Grimes Damien Berry
“Last year we had several local government officials attend our event and there is a rumor a team might be forming this year” said Jerry. “Current company teams include MasTec, Connolly Law Group, NAI Miami, Borbolla Insurance, Village of Palmetto Bay, Behar Real Estate Group, Giardinos, Pubgrill, and Miami’s Best Pizza.”
In addition to kickball, there will be live interactive painting with local artist, Beau Bradbury, a self-taught artist who hails from Panama City, FL and currently lives and works in South Beach, FL. He got his training hustling the streets of New York City as a freelance artist for 8 years. He has no formal education and built his name in NYC tagging his first name BEAU. Recently, he has become known for painting Sebastian The Ibis, the University of Miami’s school mascot, due to his now famous “You Don’t Scare Us Irma” hurricane shutter mural.
Food is also provided to our teams and spectators donated generously from PubGrill, Giardino Salads and Miami’s Best Pizza.
Adult & Family Team Registration (8-12 people): $600
Teen Team Registration: ages 14 – 18 (8-12 people): $450
Youth Team Registration: ages 8 – 13 (8-12 people): $450
Registered Guest: $15
For more information or to sponsor or register a team, please contact Jerry Socherman at 786.255.0363 or Jerry@CureCFMiami.org.
To view highlights of last year’s tournament and other videos including comments from Bryant McKinnie and Brett Romberg, visit the Cure CF Miami YouTube channel by clicking here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1RnUjBRL1qKttmOGRr05yg
About Cystic Fibrosis :Cystic Fibrosis is a rare, genetic, life-shortening disease that affects every organ in the body and makes breathing difficult. Some people with the disease say it’s like breathing through a narrow straw. In people with CF, a defective gene causes a thick buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas and other organs. In the lungs, the mucus clogs the airways and traps bacteria, leading to life-threatening lung infections. Sixty years ago, most children did not live long enough to attend elementary school, but thanks to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation-based research and care, the median survival age of people with CF is now about 47. While people with CF are living longer than in the past, we still lose precious young lives every day.
About the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation :Since 1955, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has been the driving force behind the pursuit of a cure. The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment, and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care. To learn more about the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation visit www.cff.org.