Northland whiffle ball tournament raises money for charity

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - One boy’s dreams to help others has gone above and beyond expectations.

It started in 2011 when a tornado hit Joplin, Mo.

A Kansas City boy, Philip Scimeca, decided he wanted to help.

He and his family started a whiffle ball tournament in the Northland.

The idea caught on. In its fourth year, the tournament has doubled in size.

"Never in a million years did I ever think it would grow to what it is today. Each year seems to get better and better, and I couldn't be more proud," Frank Scimeca, Philip Scimeca’s father, said.

So far, the Whiffle Ball Classic has raised $36,000 for Joplin and local charities.

This year's profits go towards Variety children's charity.

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