By Tamas Mondovics

In its First Annual Charity Golf Tournament entitled “Rockets Hit Back Against Cancer,” the Riverview Rockets Youth Travel Baseball Organization hosted a successful event and donated $4,000 this summer to benefit the 1 Voice Foundation.

Held on  Saturday, August 25, at the Summerfield Crossings Golf Club, and promoted by the the Rocket’s 7u, 8u and 9u programs, the tourney assisted the 1 Voice Foundation, a 501 c(3) non-profit corporation whose mission is to support children with cancer and their families by connecting them with financial, emotional and educational care while funding research for tomorrow’s cure.

According to Rockets president Jim Marshall, the four-man scramble included 18 holes of golf including cart and range balls as well as a lunch buffet, a 50/50 drawing, raffle prizes and awards for the Top Foursome, Worst Foursome, Closest to the Pin Challenge, Longest Drive and Par 3 Poker.

“The Rockets deserve a special recognition and congratulations for all the hard work and dedication to this very special community service project,” Marshall said. “I am very proud of all that took part in the event and helped to make it such a success.”

The Riverview Rockets youth travel baseball program is now a 11 teams strong non-profit organization dedicated to provide local youth in our area an affordable way to play travel baseball.

In addition to playing baseball, the teams are dedicated to participating in community service projects and helping to raise funds for other organizations, such as the 1 Voice Foundation, which was founded in 2008 and is located at 123 Bloomingdale Avenue in Brandon.

“Our goal is to provide our players with a great experience on and off the field and to build better baseball players, better students, and active members of the community,” Marshall said.

The Rockets teams are doing very well this fall with some of our more established teams like the 12U and 9U teams making it the finals and semifinals of tournaments so far.

“All of our teams continue to improve on a daily basis and I believe it is only a matter of time before we are collecting tournament championships on a weekly basis in many age brackets,” Marshall said, but added that regardless of winning or losing on the baseball diamond, our mission is solid and our goals are clear: “Build young men of character through baseball and we will be successful in all that we do. Winners on the field, winners in the classroom, winners in our community.”

For more information, contact coach Jim Marshall at

To find out more about the 1 Voice Foundation, please visit


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Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.