Which School Rules on the Softball Field?

Fox, Cipriani, Central and Sandpiper parents to play in a softball tournament Sunday to raise funds for PTAs and School-Force.


In a unique twist on parent-led school fundraisers,  dad Michael Dell'Aquila organized a softball tournament last year between his kids' school, Fox, and . (Cipriani won.)

The event was so successful that Dell'Aquila has expanded the tournament this year to include and elementary schools.

This year's tournament will be held Sunday, Jan. 22 at 9 a.m. at Red Morton Community Center in Redwood City. Fox will rematch Cipriani and Sandpiper will play Central. 

"It all came to me last year when then Fox PTA President Paige Perez came to me asking if I would host an event as an auction item in Fox’s yearly PTA auction.  I thought, hey, why not a school-versus-school softball game, we can auction player slots, each school is guaranteed a certain amount from the proceeds with the winning team getting an additional amount," explained Dell'Aquila. 

"So, this year I decided to include other schools from the district Central and Sandpiper were excited to compete with Fox and Cipriani Schools on for an even larger purse to go to the school’s PTA or budget.  Each school decides where the money shall go."

Dell'Aquila said each school is guaranteed at least $900 that can be donated to either the individual school's PTA, or to School-Force, the Belmont-Redwood Shores School District education foundation. 

In addition to the guaranteed $900, the winning school the event gets an additional $500.00, second place team gets $400.00.

Dell'Aquila understands the importance of concessions at a sporting event. " (Last year) I was able to solicit donations from Costco and Safeway so we may sell drinks and snacks to the spectators." Proceeds from snack sales will be split between schools.  

"It was such a positive event; badly need money was raised in order to supplement cuts to the school’s budget, everyone had fun," Dell'Aquila added.

Marit Hsich January 21, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Hey, how come you bozos from Fox got the all-star picture here? Didn't we win by a run last year? xo. Game on. Shakin' tail from the sidelines. Love and kisses, The Wildcats
Marit Hsich January 21, 2012 at 12:48 AM
OK, stand politely corrected. We are pic #2. Whoot-hoot!
Joan S. Dentler (Editor) January 21, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Good point Marit---so to be fair, we've now featured the WINNING team photo from last year!
kerry January 21, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Fun was had by all! Busted knee benched me last year but I'll be on the field this year!!! See you there!
Maureen January 21, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Sounds fun. Maybe next year all six elementary schools will be invited to participate.
Marit Hsich January 21, 2012 at 01:44 AM
I thought all were invited!? If not - YES - next year it will be big! I'm not playing this year, Kerry, but so glad you are able to again.... you'll be a star, no doubt. Kudos and have FUN!
kerry January 21, 2012 at 01:53 AM
And Ralston!
Marit Hsich January 21, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Agreed - Michael is fabulous - I had the privilege of co-coaching with him one season and had a blast! And yes, Ralston, too....
Kerry - ND January 21, 2012 at 02:55 AM
testing... I'm getting confused seeing "kerry" making comments! Figured I'd append my usnername but wonder if the change took.
Kerry - ND January 21, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Hooray. My husband and I use our daughter's name for a FB, so I'm used to seeing comments "I" didn't make there. Not here. I'm a soccer mom... to a 3 year old for now ;)


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