Ponders To Host Charity Celebrity Wiffleball Tournament

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 3, 2013 – 6:03 am

Arizona is a hotbed for baseball this time of year with several MLB teams holding their spring training workouts in the sun-splashed, winter getaway state. While spring training will have long ended and baseball’s regular season will be in full swing, the sport of baseball (in an alternative form) will still be alive in the Scottsdale area thanks to Christian and Samantha Ponder.

The newly-wed couple will host the The M.A.D. Wiffleball Classic, a charity celebrity wiffleball tournament that will benefit M.A.D. (Make A Difference) Ministries.

With Samantha (Steele) Ponder being joined by the Vikings QB as host, the inaugural M.A.D. Wiffleball Classic will be held on Sunday, April 14, at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Arizona. The event, which begins at 12:30 p.m. and concludes at 4:00 p.m., will consist of 24 teams of seven players, with celebrity players on each team. In addition to fielding the presenting Ponder Team, Christian and Samantha will be joined by a long list of family and celebrity friends, athletes, national broadcasters and entertainers.

So for any Minnesota snowbirds who’ve retreated to the Arizona desert or for any Vikings fans living in the area, it might be worth some time and effort to checkout this event. There is no admission fee to be a spectator, although donations will be accepted.  A Kids’ Zone play area and food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Click here for more information on the event.

M.A.D Ministries is a faith-based 501-C3 organization, founded by Samantha Ponder’s mother and father, Cindi and Jerry Steele. The volunteer-driven program provides college scholarships, housing, education, spiritual guidance and athletic training in inner city Phoenix, Zimbabwe, Palestine, Israel and soon, Minneapolis.


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