MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va (WTRF) – Friends and family of a local man who tragically passed away in a car accident last year have found a unique way to remember him.
They are organizing a softball tournament to support his wife and young children.
The Steve Gitlin Jr. Memorial Coed Softball Tournament will take place on Saturday, April 23 in Moundsville.
They are looking for eight teams to participate in the day-long tournament.
However, if playing on the field isn’t for you, you can also come and just watch the game. They will also have food, auctions and a special raffle of WVU football tickets.
All money goes to the Gitlin family.
His two girls are very young. The accident happened a few days before his youngest’s third birthday. We want to do something to make sure they are set up and that they can get everything they need. His oldest is just starting the game. We know this can be costly, so we want to do something to help them financially because emotionally we can no longer do what we are already doing.
Ryan Weasel, Tournament Organizer
Weasel played slow-pitch softball and other sports with Steve Gitlin. He and other former teammates think this is the best way to do something that Steve would have done while still helping his family.
They currently have four teams registered, but expect eight. It is $150 per team to enter.
They are also selling raffle tickets that will be available for the WVU Prize Basket Raffle at that tournament. This includes two tickets to a WVU vs. Kansas football game, two WVU shirts with “Gitlin’ 84” written on them, a gift card for parking, and Ironhorse Tavern for a gameday meal.
That drawing will be held on June 5 during a Facebook Live drawing on the Steve Gitlin Jr. Memorial page.
The Steve Gitlin Jr. Memorial Coed Softball Tournament will be held on Saturday, April 23.
The first pitch is at 9:00 a.m. at East End Park, located at 236 Curtiss Avenue in Moundsville.
If you are interested in playing in the tournament, call Ryan Weasel at 740-391-8153 or you can find information on the Steve Gitlin Jr. Memorial Facebook page.