Play cornhole and support local flag football squads

Play cornhole and support local flag football squads

(Oct. 17, 2014) Cornhole enthusiasts rejoice because the second annual Cornholapalooza is coming back to Ocean City.

The event will be held on Oct. 18, at 2 p.m. and will help raise money for two local flag football teams.

Duffy’s Tavern on 130th Street in Ocean City will host the event and the registration fee is $55 per cornhole team. The fee includes cash prizes and a complimentary Duffy’s buffet.

In addition, Duffy’s Tavern will have a full happy hour drink menu and the buffet will be $10 for team supporters. A 50/50 cash drawing will take place and there will be a silent auction for merchandise and local business gift certificates.

The Assassins and Speed Killz are hoping to attend the United States Flag and Touch League (USFTL) National Championship in Orlando, Fla., in January 2015. Each team has eight players who need about $3,500 to cover travel, housing and entry fees.

“We love the game of football. It is awesome to have the opportunity to go out there, have fun, exercise and play as a team,” said Speed Killz captain Ron Stickler. “Locally, we are growing and added two more leagues this year. The nationals introduces the best talent across the nation and we will be playing non-stop football for four days, it does not get much better.”

To qualify for the championship, teams must win a tournament or pay to play.

“Both of our teams played in the ‘Reach for Beach’ tournament the first weekend in October. We beat our friends Speed Killz to play in the championship, but came up short,” said Assassins team caption Kyle Swayngim.

Respectively, the Assassins came in second and Speed Killz followed in third place.

The teams are holding several fundraisers to help with the costs, in addition to Cornholapalooza.

At the West Ocean City Hooters on Nov. 1, they will be having another cornhole tournament. The first place winner will take home $500. In addition, they are selling raffles until the middle of November for $5 or five for $20. The winners will be chosen on Nov. 17, with a television or a $100 gift card up for grabs.

Assassins captain Swayngim fondly remembers last year’s completion in Florida saying, “We were above the middle of the pack out of about 508 teams. We are extremely excited to return this year and place even higher.”

The nationals will be more important this year because local, Salisbury University history professor, Bart Talbert will be inducted into the Flag Football Hall of Fame.

For more information or to register a team, contact cornholapalooza@gmail.com or call 610-864-5664.

The Assassins team poses after their flag football game, this year they will be having cornhole tournaments to raise money for Nationals at Duffy’s Tavern on 130th Street and Hooters in West Ocean City.
Photo courtesy of: Joan Bauer

 

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