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The 2019 Charity Kickball Tournament

It’s time for some KICKBALL!!!   This weekend our Young Workers Committee will kick off the 5th Annual Charity Kickball Tournament at Noon on Sunday, September 22nd at the Atlanta Public Schools Coan Building (1550 Hosea Williams Drive NE).

Even if you’re not on one of the 20 teams you can have a great time watching the epic gameplay on the field! As in years past we’re once again offering some incredible prize packages that will be raffled off over the course of the day.

The Mekhail Brothers will provide a delicious BBQ lunch complete with veggie options, and many of our sponsors will be present so stop by and thank them for making a difference in our community! Best of all, representatives from this year’s charity, W-Underdogs will have some dogs up for adoption at the event!

Help us make this fun tradition come to life again this weekend!!!

Keep reading to find out about our charity and PRIZES!!!

Facebook users: click here to set yourself a reminder for the tournament (event page sign up)

About Our 2019 Charity: W-Underdogs

Since 2015 IATSE Local 479’s Young Workers Committee have devoted themselves toward making their annual kickball tournament a fun and meaningful event for players and sponsors, raising thousands of dollars for our selected charities along the way.

This year our selected charity is W-Underdogs – a non-profit dedicated to address the challenges that disadvantaged at-risk youth face and provide them with the skills and sense of accomplishment to help them overcome the challenges in their lives.

W-Underogs concentrates on Teaching, Teamwork, and Growth.

Teaching kids how to manage, care and train dogs and cats and vet them as needed. Children in the program learn personal discipline and responsibility as they rehabilitate the animals. They learn how to care for animals and, in turn, how to care for themselves and have compassion for others. W-Underdogs’ main goal is to be able to provide a more comprehensive “tool bank” for the kids to learn the skills outlined above, and to carefully and selectively expand the program so more kids can participate.

The youth who participate in the W-Underdogs program learn Teamwork and how to work as a group with shared goals. They learn how to manage the expectations of others; lessons that will help them grow and make them employable as groomers, trainers, and vet assistants. Kids in the program participate in full hands-on rehabilitation of neglected and abused animals, turning them into loving, manageable pets, ready for loving homes.

In turn, the animals help the W-Underdogs kids in acquiring skills that they are not currently learning within their home environments. W-Underdogs seek to provide their kids with a vision that extends well beyond their immediate environment, while teaching the skills to help them cope with present, real world challenges more successfully. As the animals progress, the W-Underdogs participate in adoption events. Saving the animals saves the kids, endowing them to Grow with self satisfaction and self-esteem.

Tournament Location

We’re returning to the same  location as last year: the fields at the Atlanta Public Schools Coan Building, at 1550 Hosea L. Williams Dr. NE

[Link to location on Google Maps]

The Prize!

At last count this year’s event is sporting 20 teams, ready to do whatever it takes to win the coveted Carroll Cup, so look out for some world class kickball action!

The Teams

Here are the list of teams you can expect to see out on the field this year!

  • Children of Thanos
  • Crafty Apes
  • Da Great 728
  • Free Ballers
  • Get Scene Studios
  • Grip House
  • Macgyver
  • Pagan Grips
  • SAG/AFTRA Team A
  • SAG/AFTRA Team B
  • Super Stars
  • Sweet Magnolias
  • Tailgaters
  • The Capri Suns
  • The Dead Ringers
  • The Dirty Byrdes
  • The Resident
  • The Suicide Squad
  • The Walking Dead Team
  • W-Underdogs
  • Wallywood Rejects

The Kickball Playing Field

We love this location because all our playing fields are in sight of each other, making it even easier for teams to move between fields while getting a good look at their competition (with a bit of trash talk thrown in for good measure).  Our sponsor tents will once again be in the center of the action, along with the adoption station from W-Underdogs – look for their tents and stop by to say “Hi and Thanks!”

Seriously Great Prizes

The Young Workers report that they are still receiving incredible contributions for this year’s raffle baskets! For just a few dollars you can win hundreds of dollars worth of goods and services – don’t miss out on helping out the W-Underdogs while winning some great stuff!

This we’ll have from coupons and artwork to movie swag and Atlanta United swag – this year we have a signed Atlanta United jersey from Ezequiel Omar Barco and an Atlanta United soccer ball that’s been signed by Leandro González Pírez!!

The Young Workers are still cataloging all the terrific 2019 contributions!

The more tickets you buy, the better your odds of winning – best of all, the proceeds go entirely to the kids and critters at W-Underdogs!

$5 gets you 1 raffle ticket
$10 buys 3 raffle tickets, and
$20 scores 7 raffle tickets

With Gratitude to Our Sponsors…

A special thanks to the companies and organizations who stepped forward to help sponsor this year’s event. We couldn’t have made this year’s fundraiser a success without the support of this great community. Please help us thank them!

$1500 Level

$1000 Level

$500 Level

$250 Level


Please Join Us!

Even if you aren’t on a team this is a great opportunity to hang out with your fellow crewmembers and raise money for a terrific cause – the children of W-Underdogs and the animals they care for!! Help us help this very worthy cause and COME TO THE TOURNAMENT this Sunday!!!

This Year’s Promotional Flier

A poster detailing the sponsors and teams for this year's kickball tournament