Events

Legends Softball Tournament

In honor of John Cleaver Kelly | Dobbs Ferry, NY | 8th Annual

A few months after John passed our community was still deeply shook. We wanted to honor John, but didn’t know how. On a hot summer day, John Tessitore and Kev Farrington cooked up the idea for the softball tournament in his room, overlooking Gould Park. It was the perfect way to honor John and give everyone a chance to come together. Two weeks later, the Legends Tournament was born. The whole town jumped on that year. We had 4 teams, 60 players and just as many spectators. It was a humbling day for all of us. We went in without any expectations, and came out feeling John’s presence. We have every year since, so has our community. That feeling of comfort and fun is the spirit we run the Foundation with. And in true John Kelly fashion, the underdog won that first tournament.

Since the first tournament, everyone’s worn the number 7 on their jerseys. John Kelly had a negative obsession with the number. But we decided to stand up to it, and use it as another symbol of the unity that his character continues to create. The names of the teams are still the same as they were in our little league, when John was just six. We moved the tournament from Gould Park, where we hosted it for the first 3 years, to Scenic Hudson in Irvington. We needed room for more players. As you can imagine, the tournament stays close to our hearts. We feel John Kelly every year, usually messing with the weather just enough to get us nervous. He always comes through though, we haven’t had a rainout yet. Our community consistently responds to the Foundation with generosity. The 2018 tournament, where we announced our first full-time hires, was the largest fundraising year to date, about $40,000 in total. Although we wish these tragedies didn’t happen in the first place. Spreading these tournaments could be a method of healing for years to come. We want every community to feel the way we did after that first Legends Tournament in 2011.

After the 1st underdog win, John belly-flopped into the Gould Park pool. He was fully-clothed and claims it to be one of the greatest moments of his life.

Big A Tournament for Suicide Prevention

In honor of Andrew "Big A" Corkett | Queens, NY | 1st Annual

The Foundation’s flagship event, the JCK Legends Tournament will continue its communal core tournament in Dobbs Ferry. But as of this August, we are one of two tournaments that the Foundation is a part of. Tom Berry and Pat Fierro approached the Foundation over the summer to help honor a friend of theirs, Andrew Corkett. Like John, Andrew was a bright light that hid his struggles behind a warm smile and a willing ear. The tournament was a success, and the proceeds raised for the Foundation will go towards helping the next town heal.

When someone so beloved as John or Andrew pass, most towns respond with confusion. The Legends Tournament helped our community patch together a sense of understanding, from the planning that precedes it, to the reaching out to friends and family to play, and of course, the actual tournament. A gathering that leaves everyone feeling empowered and inspired to normalize the conversation of mental wellness.

Hint: if you pick a favorite next year, go with the team from Molloy.

Upcoming Events!

Reach out to [email protected] with any questions!

december

fri21dec7:00 pmJCK Holiday PartyDress up as your favorite holiday movie character!Doubleday's

july

sat20jul8:00 amsat5:00 pmBig A TournamentThe 2nd annual Big A Tournament. Hold the date!Padavan-Preller Fields

sat27jul8:00 amsat5:00 pmJCK Legends TournamentThe 9th annual JCK Legends Tournament. Hold the date!Scenic Hudson Park

Legends Softball Tournament

In honor of John Cleaver Kelly | Dobbs Ferry, NY | 8th Annual

A few months after John passed our community was still deeply shook. We wanted to honor John, but didn’t know how. On a hot summer day, John Tessitore and Kev Farrington cooked up the idea for the softball tournament in his room, overlooking Gould Park. It was the perfect way to honor John and give everyone a chance to come together. Two weeks later, the Legends Tournament was born. The whole town jumped on that year. We had 4 teams, 60 players and just as many spectators. It was a humbling day for all of us. We went in without any expectations, and came out feeling John’s presence. We have every year since, so has our community. That feeling of comfort and fun is the spirit we run the Foundation with. And in true John Kelly fashion, the underdog won that first tournament.

Since the first tournament, everyone’s worn the number 7 on their jerseys. John Kelly had a negative obsession with the number. But we decided to stand up to it, and use it as another symbol of the unity that his character continues to create. The names of the teams are still the same as they were in our little league, when John was just six. We moved the tournament from Gould Park, where we hosted it for the first 3 years, to Scenic Hudson in Irvington. We needed room for more players. As you can imagine, the tournament stays close to our hearts. We feel John Kelly every year, usually messing with the weather just enough to get us nervous. He always comes through though, we haven’t had a rainout yet. Our community consistently responds to the Foundation with generosity. The 2018 tournament, where we announced our first full-time hires, was the largest fundraising year to date, about $40,000 in total. Although we wish these tragedies didn’t happen in the first place. Spreading these tournaments could be a method of healing for years to come. We want every community to feel the way we did after that first Legends Tournament in 2011.

After the 1st underdog win, John belly-flopped into the Gould Park pool. He was fully-clothed and claims it to be one of the greatest moments of his life.

Big A Tournament for Suicide Prevention

In honor of Andrew "Big A" Corkett | Queens, NY | 1st Annual

The Foundation’s flagship event, the JCK Legends Tournament will continue its communal core tournament in Dobbs Ferry. But as of this August, we are one of two tournaments that the Foundation is a part of. Tom Berry and Pat Fierro approached the Foundation over the summer to help honor a friend of theirs, Andrew Corkett. Like John, Andrew was a bright light that hid his struggles behind a warm smile and a willing ear. The tournament was a success, and the proceeds raised for the Foundation will go towards helping the next town heal.

When someone so beloved as John or Andrew pass, most towns respond with confusion. The Legends Tournament helped our community patch together a sense of understanding, from the planning that precedes it, to the reaching out to friends and family to play, and of course, the actual tournament. A gathering that leaves everyone feeling empowered and inspired to normalize the conversation of mental wellness.

Hint: if you pick a favorite next year, go with the team from Molloy.

Upcoming Events!

Reach out to [email protected] with any questions!

december

fri21dec7:00 pmJCK Holiday PartyDress up as your favorite holiday movie character!Doubleday's

july

sat20jul8:00 amsat5:00 pmBig A TournamentThe 2nd annual Big A Tournament. Hold the date!Padavan-Preller Fields

sat27jul8:00 amsat5:00 pmJCK Legends TournamentThe 9th annual JCK Legends Tournament. Hold the date!Scenic Hudson Park