WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Several hundred softball players on 24 male and co-ed teams competed in the Fifth Annual Christian Federico Memorial Softball Tournament at Redmond Field in Yonkers to fund Ossining High School scholarships, Saturday, July 26.
Federico, a Yonkers native and star athlete at Ossining High School where he graduated in 2008, went on to attend the University of Maryland, where he died while jogging on April 30, 2010.
"We are so thankful for all the support, sponsors, contributions and mostly all the friends and players who loved Christian and respected him," said Luanne Federico, Christian's mother. "More and more people have come out over the last five years. This year we had a young man Joe Ciapetta, who knew Christian for a short time, donate plants to raise funds. It's all so overwhelming."
Team battled through a full day of tournament games and enjoyed barbeque and drinks between games while gathering under the park pavilion. Federico family members and friends cooked and kept the players energized for the games.
Christian Federico's father, Louis Federico, a career worker for the City of Yonkers and a coach at Ossining High School, said the tournament planning came easier this year.
"We started signing up teams earlier and were full up so fast that we had to turn away teams," Federico said. "The tournament has really become so big thanks to all the support we have."
Christian's uncle Victor Federico said the tournament has become a labor of love for the family and Christian's friends, former teammates and even those who played against him.
"There are team from all over Westchester and we could have a bigger draw but we wanted to keep the tournament in one location," Victor Federico said. "We expect to keep the event going."
For more information and updates on the tournament, log on to the memorial Facebook page.