Local Sports Journal

Teachers and staff from four Mona Shores elementary schools are taking the field to benefit the Nikolas Wypa Scholarship Fund.

On Sept. 22, the Nikolas “Big 4” Kick-Together will take place from noon to 4 p.m. at Ross Park.

Staff members from Campbell, Lincoln Park, Ross Park and Churchill Schools will play 3-inning kickball games to help raise money for the fund.

Wypa was a 6-year-old kindergartner from Churchill School who died in June after ingesting a small rock that blocked his windpipe on the playground at the school.

Ron Stibitz is one of the event organizers.

“My idea was to create a community event for families,” Stibitz said. Already, about $8,000 from area businesses and private donors have finished a memorial walkway behind Churchill School.

“We are running the kickball game between elementary staff to raise money to establish a scholarship in Nik Wypa’s name,” Stibitz said. Money will be raised through raffles, auctions, food sales and donations on the day of the event.

There will be hot dogs, chips, beverages, ice cream, sno-cones, fruit and popcorn on sale.

The Mona Shores cheerleaders will perform between games.

The kickball tournament is a round-robin format with winners advancing to the North vs. South championship game.

Anyone wanting to help out can send donations to: Norton Shores Wrestling Alumni Club, c/o Ron Stibitz, 1082 Briarwood Court, Norton Shores, MI 49441.