Flag football tournament prevails, despite Saturday's storm

Published: Oct. 14, 2018 at 7:54 PM MDT
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After losing his grandmother to breast cancer in 2005, a Twin Falls man keeps her memory alive through flag football.

The 8th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Flag Football Tournament is in the books.

Saturday's windy conditions forced most of the action to take place on Sunday. This was by far the most severe weather they've seen during the tournament, according to founder Derek Chesley.

The event moved to the BA Sports Field at Crossroads Point in Jerome, to give athletes easy access off the freeway. Participants came from as far away as Boise to play.

Each year Chesley chooses an organization or individual to benefit. And right now he's considering Cassia Regional Hospital in Burley, where his grandmother received care.

10 teams played in this year's tournament and Chesley couldn't be more impressed with the outpouring of support.

"This has been great. This year we've had a great year with sponsors, the community has been awesome," Chesley said. "We've had so many local businesses donate baskets, gift cards, they've sponsored teams. Pretty much no one had to pay to play. I want to thank all the players and sponsors for making this happen."

"We couldn't be happier to helping Derek Chesley with this breast cancer tournament after I've already been playing in it for eight years," explained BA Sports Entertainment founder, Ryan VerWey. "So I didn't hesitate to help him put and he does great things with what he does out here. We couldn't be happier to be at Crossroads Point now, so centrally located for our Magic Valley and were are going to start things off with the tournament, couldn't have been a better time," VerWey added.

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