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Ryan Emery of Mattydale tags out Charlie Coville of Liverpool at last year's Dream Factory kickball tournament.

Ryan Emery of Mattydale tags out Charlie Coville of Liverpool at last year's Dream Factory kickball tournament.

— The weakest link gets dunked!

This was the premise for the dunk tank’s presence during The Dream Factory of Syracuse’s first annual Kicks for Kids Kickball Tournament. Many teams called out their own players who may have made some bad plays and then paid for the opportunity to knock them off a platform into a tank of cold water using a softball.

Well, the dunk tank will make a comeback for the third annual Kicks for Kids tournament, slated for Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Syracuse Kickball Park in Liverpool.

“A lot of people volunteered to go into the dunk tank for a variety of reasons, some weren’t even playing kickball,” said Tracy Pierce, Area Coordinator for the Dream Factory of Syracuse. “We hope bringing the dunk tank back for this year’s event will encourage more people and teams to sign up for our tournament.”

“Kickball is a low-impact sport that is fun for everyone,” she continued. “Our board has formed a team each year since starting this tournament in 2012, and every year we have a blast, all while helping our Dream Kids. You can bet we’ll be back on the fields again this year and we hope to see a lot of new faces.”

Registration for the double-elimination kickball tournament is available online for $25 per person, which includes tournament play, umpire fees, a meal ticket (hot dog, chips and drink), a T-shirt, tournament keepsakes and more. If you register an entire team of 10 before June 30, you will receive $25 off the $250 registration price. Note: three members of each team must be female.

“While we encourage participants to register an entire team, we can also connect those with just a few players with other participants to form a whole team,” Pierce said.

Prizes will be awarded to the kickball team that wins the tournament as well as the team that raises the most funds through sponsorships and donations.

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