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Wiffle ball tournament raises money to feed kids

Bobby Ryals is a former baseball player and organizer of the tournament Bobby Ryals is a former baseball player and organizer of the tournament
There were 28 teams in Cordele fighting for the trophies There were 28 teams in Cordele fighting for the trophies
Robert Tyler is preparing for his draft year in college Robert Tyler is preparing for his draft year in college
CORDELE, GA (WALB) -

Bobby Ryals' Backyard wiffleball tournament in Cordele saw a huge draw.

Over 28 teams competed for the trophy all while raising 2500 dollars for the backpack foundation which helps feed kids at neighborhood schools. 

The fans were great and the competition was even greater. The founder and organizer of the tournament was thrilled with the outcome of the event.

"I'm a former athlete," said Ryals. "I played baseball in college before I got paralyzed in a car accident and I still have that athletic drive and that spirit of competitiveness and it's nice to see that."

His good friend and University of Georgia star pitcher Robert Tyler was on the team that won the tournament last year.

"Bobby helped out a lot when I played baseball at Crisp County and everything, said the right handed pitcher. "And he helped me a lot. And every time I come home I try to get with my friends and some of the guys I play with and my brother and we just come out here and try to have some fun before we have to head back to Athens."

Tyler and his crew may dominate, but the true winners are the kids who are fed thanks to the money raised.

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