74.2 F
Cruz Bay
Wednesday, February 8, 2023
HomeNewsArchivesRuby Rutnik Softball Tournament Coming Up in May

Ruby Rutnik Softball Tournament Coming Up in May

April 20, 2007 — Play ball! The 11th annual Ruby Rutnik Softball Tournament will take place May 4 and 5 at the Winston Wells Ballfield in Cruz Bay.
The event is in memory of the late Ruby Rutnik, who died in 1996 at age 21 in a car crash in Washington, D.C. A star pitcher at Antilles School, she was attending American University in Washington when she died. Her parents, Janet and Andy Rutnik started the tournament the year after she died to coincide with her birthday, April 9.
The event will be held later this year because Transfer Day was observed on the usual weekend, Janet Rutnik said. Subsequent weekends saw the St. Thomas Carnival Queen Show and other events.
"It was a little hard to get a date," she said.
Andy Rutnik said he expects five teams to participate: Central High School and an all-star team from St. Croix, and Antilles, Charlotte Amalie and Eudora Kean high schools from St. Thomas. The opening ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. May 4.
Last year an all-star team from Tortola won the tournament, Andy Rutnik said. The money raised at the tournament goes to fund the Ruby Rutnik Scholarship Fund, which to date has awarded $64,000 in scholarships to 19 students.
Sponsors are needed for innings. They're for sale at $100 each. Names of the sponsors will be announced at the beginning of each inning. Games sponsorships run $700. Scholarship sponsorships are $2,500.
Donations of other amounts are also accepted.
Sponsorship applications are available at Connections in Cruz Bay or Coral Bay, or by contacting the Rutniks at 693-8069. They may be dropped off at both Connection locations or mailed to Rutnik, Box 348, St. John, VI 00831. Checks should be made payable to RRSF Inc. All sponsorships are tax deductible.
Money raised through the sale of food and drink goes to fund activities by the Love City Pan Dragons.
Every year some of the money goes to make improvements at the Winston Wells Ballfield, Andy Rutnik said. This year, he said, he plans to paint the dugouts and bandstand as well as install some permanent trash receptacles.
Back Talk Share your reaction to this news with other Source readers. Please include headline, your name and city and state/country or island where you reside.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Keeping our community informed is our top priority.
If you have a news tip to share, please call or text us at 340-228-8784.

Support local + independent journalism in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Unlike many news organizations, we haven't put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as accessible as we can. Our independent journalism costs time, money and hard work to keep you informed, but we do it because we believe that it matters. We know that informed communities are empowered ones. If you appreciate our reporting and want to help make our future more secure, please consider donating.