BASEketball reaches new heights

by Steve Ottman
Falls News Correspondent


BASEKETBALL EVENT CREATOR Chris Rydz (far right) cheers on winning team Jaws and Saws, during the sixth annual BASEketball Charity Tournament to benefit water.org on Saturday, July 29 in Sheboygan Falls. - Submitted photo BASEKETBALL EVENT CREATOR Chris Rydz (far right) cheers on winning team Jaws and Saws, during the sixth annual BASEketball Charity Tournament to benefit water.org on Saturday, July 29 in Sheboygan Falls. - Submitted photo Funds raised to benefit water.org at the recent sixth annual BASEketball Charity Tournament have pushed the event’s overall totals to $83,613 over the past six years.

This year’s BASEketball charity tournament took place Saturday, July 29 in Sheboygan Falls.

Event creators Christopher Rydz and Emily Wegner, along with countless volunteers and close to 50 sponsors helped make this year’s fundraiser a great success.

One month ago, Rydz and Wegner asked the community to step up as they were far behind on planning and launching the annual event because of opportunities in their professional and personal lives.

“It was questioned whether we could dedicate the necessary time that this event and cause deserves,” Rydz said.

“In all honesty, we didn’t know if BASEketball 2018 would happen,” said Wegner.

The community answered by making donations and providing assistance.

“Every day after work we found our porch full of even more donations,” Rydz remarked.

“Our 2018 BASEketball event happened because of all of you,” Wegner said.

Rydz and Wegner are excited to announce that this year’s fundraising total, generated by the community’s effort to provide water and sanitation to every individual, was $16,003.

All of the money raised goes to water.org and helps people receive the most basic of human rights- water.

Every $25 donated to water.org provides one person with access to clean water and sanitation for life.

This means that in 2018, the Sheboygan Falls community gave 640 people a life with water. In the six years of the event, BASEketball has helped to change the lives of 3,344 people.

Rydz and Wegner want to thank every individual and business that helped make this happen.

“Thank you all for being part of something bigger than any one of us individually and hope to see you next year,” Rydz said.


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