Family, friends, baseball players and hundreds of fans came to support the Cory Wilson Fireball 40 Memorial Baseball Tournament on Savannah's West side.
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RELEASE FROM THE CORY WILSON FIREBALL 40 MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT:
TODAY: First game of the Inaugural Cory Joseph Wilson Fireball
40 Memorial Tournament is at 6PM at L. Scott Stell Park. Cory, a
Georgia Southern University student died in January as a result of a
fatal heart arrhythmia. Tournament proceeds benefit the Cory Joseph
Wilson Scholarship at GSU and purchase of External Defibrillators for
facilities in need.
Today at 6PM at L. Scott Stell Park, teams will begin competing in the Inaugural
Cory Joseph Wilson Fireball 40 Memorial Tournament. Cory, a Savannah native
and Georgia Southern University (GSU) student died in January this year as a
result of a fatal heart arrhythmia.
L. Scott Stell Park is located at 195 Scott Stell Road, off of Bush Road in
Savannah. Saturday's games begin at L. Scott Stell Park at 9AM, with the final
game time at 6PM (note: there will not be any games at Bazemore Park).
The tournament proceeds will be put to good use, with the first share of the
proceeds to purchase an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) for Chatham
County use with County Baseball Facilities. Remaining proceeds will be split to
purchase additional AEDs for facilities in need and donated to the Cory Joseph
Wilson Memorial Scholarship Fund through the Savannah Community
Foundation, Inc. The recipients of the scholarship fund are Georgia Southern
University (GSU) students who are members of Kappa Alpha fraternity.
Sponsors include Northpoint Hospitality, Memorial Health, S&S Construction and
Sprinklers, Dr. Anthony Costrini, First Chatham Bank, Savannah Orthodontics,
Southern Orthopedics, Coastal Truck Parts, Sodman Landscaping, Gamble
Funeral Service, Savannah Tire, TRC (Transportation Risk Consultants),
Bahama Joe's, and Polka Dots.
Tournament divisions will include a High School Division for players 15-18 (rising
Sophomores- rising Seniors) and a High School+ Division for recent High School
graduates and College aged players (may be combined with the High School
Division based on number of teams). L. Scott Stell Park will also be the venue
for a 14U Open 60/90.
For more information go to http://www.fireball40.org.
Remembering Cory Joseph Wilson – his life is a testament to live, laugh,
love! On January 21, 2013, 21 year-old Cory Wilson, a Savannah native and
GSU student died as a result of a fatal heart arrhythmia. Regrettably, there
was not an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) available to Cory at the
time of his death. Tournament organizers hope that this tournament and
future events will result in AEDs being placed in numerous facilities
throughout Chatham County.