Money raised will be used to honor GHS athlete who died in 2010
David and Jan Malkowski couldn’t think of a better way to keep the memory of their late son Matt alive than by naming a baseball field in his honor.
That was the inspiration for the inaugural Pitch for Matt Memorial Cornhole Tournament, held Saturday, Feb. 25, at Circle B Recreation Center in Cedarburg.
The results were beyond all expectations.
“It was amazing,” said Jan Malkowski. “I think everyone from Grafton came out.”
In all, a full slate of 64 teams took part in the tournament, raising $17,000 for the field that will be part of the Grafton Little League Complex.
The total is more than one-third of the $50,000 goal needed for the field dedication.
“This is a great way for the memory of our son to live on, and for the community to get a field it badly needs,” Jan Malkowski said.
“We are already thinking about next year’s event.”
Matt Malkowski was a senior and a member of the Grafton High School varsity baseball team in 2010 when he died from injuries sustained in an auto accident.
He was planning to play baseball and football at Concordia University in Chicago and enter the school’s emergency medical technician program, with a goal of joining the Chicago Fire Department.
“Matt did more in his short 18 years of life than some people do in an entire lifetime,” his mother said.