WISSAHICKON >> Memorial Day is a day to honor and remember the men and women who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. The holiday weekend is also known as the unofficial start of summer when families and friends get together for backyard barbeques or go to the beach.

Over the last five years, the Strain family has used the Memorial Day weekend to host a wiffle ball tournament in honor of Tim Strain.

On Aug. 6, 2009, at the age of 18, Tim Strain died suddenly.

“To lose a son, especially at such a young age, is something you never get over,” said Bernie Strain, Tim’s dad. “Grief never ends … but it changes. It’s a passage, not a place to stay. My family and I miss Timmy deeply every day. We try not to dwell on his death but instead celebrate Timmy’s life and the precious 18 years we were blessed to have him.”

Over the last nine years since Tim’s death, the Strain family has honored Tim’s memory in a number of ways. One way has been to sponsor a child each year to play baseball, softball or football who otherwise could not afford it. Tim loved to play all sports, but most of all, he loved baseball. He enjoyed many years playing baseball for the Wissahickon Athletic Association at Daisy Field.

In honor of Tim and his love of sports, the Strain family supports the Wissahickon Athletic Association, a nonprofit youth sports organization formed in 1967. Through the years, it has promoted youth baseball, football, softball and cheerleading for children ages 3 to 15. The WAA builds character in today’s youth by teaching respect, responsibility, fairness and good sportsmanship.

While the Strain family sponsored one child a year in Tim’s name, but they felt they wanted to do more. So in 2013, they began a wiffle ball tournament to celebrate Tim on his birthday weekend while raising money to sponsor more children.

The tournament last year raised enough money to give 40 children a scholarship to play football for the Wissahickon Braves and purchased new equipment for the flag football team. It also provided Impact Softball with enough money to give one young lady a full scholarship and two a partial scholarships. There were even enough funds to allow Impact Softball to enter a tournament that resulted in the team members being seen by college coaches. One of the young ladies has now moved on to play for the Widener University softball team.

The family of Tim Strain, with the aid of many helping hands, will host the fifth annual wiffle ball tournament in memory of Tim on his birthday weekend Saturday, May 26, at Daisy Filed. All proceeds will be donated to the Wissahickon Athletic Association and Impact Softball.

Those interested in signing up a team to play in the tournament should visit leaguelineup.com/forms.asp?url=timstrain.

Gift certificates for raffles or food items for the event can be donated by contacting Andrew Strain at timstrainwiffleball@gmail.com or 215-439-0363.

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