The 2012 Will Dicus Memorial Baseball Tournament was the most successful in tournament history, according to Bill Dicus, President of the Will Dicus Foundation.
“Great weather means great baseball," Dicus said. "We are thrilled to be able to advance the
projects associated with the tournament."
This year the tournament was added to the umbrella of projects of the Will Dicus Foundation, a non-profit organization founded to promote youth baseball in the High Country. States Dicus
“In addition to our substantial contribution to the construction of an indoor baseball/softball practice facility at the new high school we were able to diversify our giving," Dicus said.
Other beneficiaries include the softball program at Ashe County High School, matching funds for local baseball field improvement and help to the Brady Bakken family, one of the communities’ baseball family.
“We will be making a $6000 donation to the building fund,” stated Dicus. "In addition, we are going to offer to match up to $2000 to the Boone Optimist Club for specific improvements to our Optimist fields. We hope to couple this with support from our local home improvement stores and have a work day next spring where youth baseball players and parents can devote time and energy to upgrade our fields on a volunteer weekend. If everyone will get on board we can do a lot of good for youth baseball in Boone..”
Many volunteer hours were logged for the Will Dicus Baseball Tournament. Marty Lambert, Jay Jackson, Pete Soule, Dan Shelton and Donna Green acted as supervisors of the event that featured over 30 teams between age 8 and 14.
“It’s a twelve month job, attracting teams from off the mountain to combine with our local youth,” Dicus said. “From Randall Miller, our tournament sponsor to Barry Sauls, who directs all of our traffic to Bobby Dunnigan, who arranges our unpires, it is a team effort.”
The Will Dicus Foundation will now turn their attention toward their next project, a December holiday youth basketball tournament.
Photo Courtesy: Bill Dicus, ASU Athletics