Bats For Matt Softball Tournament

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The 11th Annual Bats for Matt Softball Tournament will be held on Saturday July 20th and Sunday July 21st. Team registration forms can be found on the Rules & Registration page. The deadline to register your team is Sunday July 14th. Teams can be submitted by sending an email to Please include your team name, team captain, and a contact number for your captain. As always we are looking for sponsors for our event or donations for the raffle table. If you or your company would like to be part of this great organization please send an email to We are a certified non-profit 401(c) organization.

Our son and brother Matthew had just graduated high school in 2007. In December of that
same year he was diagnosed with leukemia. After 13 months of treatments and a stem cell
transplant, Matthew lost his battle to this dreadful ugly disease.
Matt had 3 loves in his life: girls, hunting and baseball, not in that particular order.
We hold a softball tournament in his honor every year to raise money to give back to the
community. It is our way of “giving back”.
Originally, we set out to give one $2000 scholarship to a baseball player from his high school
at Downingtown West. Because of the outcome of each year’s tournament, we are able
to give a second $2000 scholarship to a girl softball player.
The dream of the Downingtown Little League building a pavilion became a reality.
Matthew’s Memorial Pavilion was dedicated on opening day, April 14 th , 2012.
Monies are given to cancer stricken families in our area to help them deal with their struggles
and ordeals of cancer. Each year we gift 3 cancer families $1000 each.
We also helped Matt’s former high school baseball team build their dug outs.
Each year we help send wounded/disabled vets and children with a life threatening illness go
on their dream “Hunt of a Lifetime”. This is much like the Make a Wish Foundation.
We are coming to you asking for a donation in any way you see fit. Anything you do to help
make this tournament a success is deeply appreciated and acknowledged. We welcome and
invite you to come out and join us for some fun during our tournament.
Bats for Matt was recently awarded the Community Hero Award by the American Cancer
Society and the Relay for Life of Chester County.

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Downingtown Little League Honors Matt Ciarlone


Monday, April 16,2012

 DOWNINGTOWN — The Downingtown Little League marked the launch of it’s 72nd season Saturday with an opening day ceremony that featured the dedication of a new pavilion to the memory of a late league alumni.

The structure was named for Matt Ciarlone, who died in 2009 at age 20 after a battle with leukemia. Ciarlone was an avid baseball player in Little League and high school, and his family said it was one of his true passions.

“This was his heart and soul,” said Ciarlone’s mother, Rose, as she looked out across the league’s four fields. “Baseball was one of his three loves: Baseball, girls and hunting. Maybe not in that order.”

Volunteers began building the pavilion in November and worked all winter on weekends to have it ready for opening day, Downingtown Little League Treasurer Patrick Cardelli said.

Funds for the pavilion came from many donors, including money raised at the annual Bats For Matt tournament held each summer. Best Buy stores also donated $4,000 raised in a basketball tournament held at the Downingtown High School.

“If it wasn’t for them, we never would have been able to get this done so soon,” Ciarlone’s older brother, Danny said.

The Bats For Matt softball tournament, held at the Downingtown Little League’s field each summer, has become a popular charity event in Ciarlone’s memory. Last summer, the tournament’s third year, over $8,000 was raised that went to a variety of charitable causes. About 50 people also register to be bone marrow donors at the tournament each year, according to Rose Ciarlone.

A bone marrow transplant allowed the Ciarlone family to spend an additional seven months with Matt before he passed, Rose Ciarlone said.

Money raised at the annual tournament is divided between several causes, including aiding a local family who now is going through a similar battle with cancer, a $2,000 scholarship to a Downingtown high school baseball player, and a donation to the Hunt of a Lifetime foundation.

This year’s tournament will be held July 14 and 15.

The Downingtown Little League opened its season with about a dozen games on four fields Saturday. About 300 players joined the league this year, Cardelli said.

The Little League also announced a new Help Light Our Field campaign Saturday, which would add lights to all four of the league’s fields and allow teams to begin playing night games. About $350,000 is needed for the project to be completed, Cardelli said.

Follow Daily Local News staff writer Michael N. Price on Twitter @MikePriceWrites.

Thinking about donating to the Bats for Matt Softball Tournament?! Please visit our "Contact & Donation Info" tab for ways to reach Rose and send a donation


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