How We Came About?
On September 11th, 2002, the inaugural First Responders Cup Tournament was held to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice, and to celebrate the heroism of the Arlington Fire and Police who were the first at the Pentagon. All net proceeds raised from the tournament are donated to Pentagon Disaster Relief charities. Each year on the weekend around the anniversary of September 11th, the First Responders Cup Tournament Committee, an IRS designated Disaster Assistance Organization, hosts a Girls Fast Pitch Tournament bringing together the very best teams from those area directly affected by the attacks of September 11th. The purpose of this web site is to communicate information related this tournament. The winning teams from each age division have their team names inscribed on the First Responders Cup, which is then return for display in Fire Station 5, home of the first team of responders to answer the call that day. Arlington County proudly honors the response of their First Responders each September 11th with the playing of this tournament. As the Fire Chief Edward Plaugher said at the inaugural tournament, "What better way to 'celebrate' the response of our First Responders then through a tournament of the very best girls fastpitch teams from those areas directly affected by the events of September 11th."
What Are The Operational Procedures and Policies
The First Responders Cup Tournament is governed by the First Responders Cup Tournament Committee. The Committee adheres and abides by set of Operational Procedures and Policies by which the Tournament is organized, planned and conducted. Contained in these Operational Procedures and Policies are a description of the governance structure and the principles by the Committee donates funds to First Responders Charities. We welcome volunteers to apply to be a member of the First Responders Cup Tournament Committee.
Who Runs the Tournament
The First Responders Tournament Committee is composed of a small group of volunteers who partner with the Arlington County Fire Department and Department of Parks Recreation and Cultural Resources to offer this tournament each year.
Executive Tournament Committee
The First Responders Cup Tournament is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a non-profit charitable organization. It was formed in the summer of 2002 to raise funds for those affected by the events of September 11, 2001. It is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as an 501 (c) (3) charitable organization. On May 11, 2012, the IRS reviewed the organization's work and subsequently authorized its renewal as a charitable organization. Id number: 05-0528494.
The First Responders Cup Tournament is recognized by the Virginia State Corporation Commission as an exempt non-stock corporation effective April 20, 2012.
How Do You Distribute the Funds Raised?
To date we have been fortunate to raise over $45,000. As a result of the 2010 Tournament we were able to make donations of five thousand dollars to the Arlington County Fire Department's Fraternal Association to create a 9/11 Memorial containing artifacts of the Pentagon and the World Trade Center and a contribution to a charity supporting the families of the Third Army's Old Guard. While we experienced our first cancellation in 2011, we still plan to donat as much money as we can this year. (All net proceeds after we pay for the balls, umpires, field crews, and signage is donated to Charitable First Responders Related organizations, in particular we have donated these funds to:
--Arlington Chapter of the American Red Cross
--Arlington Corps of the Salvation Army
--The Firemen's Association
--The Navy Marine Corps Relief Fund
--The Old Guard Ladies Association
--The Arlington County 9/11 Memorial Fund
--The Visiting Nurses Association of Greater New Orleans
--The Women's Center
--The Fisher House
--The Old Guard Family Assistance Program
Why Is This So Special A Tournament
The Tournament begins each year with the assembly of teams at the break of dawn. At dawn, the Old Guard ( 3rd Army Colonials or as they are known Pershing's Finest in honor of World War General, John Pershing. The Old Guard staffs the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, three hundred and sixty five days a year regardless of weather. They are also the ceremonial guard for all burials at Arlington National Cemetery and all Presidential events. Most recently they have led the funeral processions for Presidents Reagan and Ford) strikes up their rendition of 'Yankee Doodle Dandy' and begins the parade of teams onto the field as pictured below. The teams immediately following the Old Guard, are the returning tournament champions from the past year's tournament. Followed in alphabetical order by age group are all participants. Once assembled around the infield, the Old Guard plays the National Anthem and Nationally renowned individuals will briefly speak to the significance of the day. Upon conclusion of the ceremonies, the Old Guard will lead the teams off the field to begin their days of competition.
Where Do You Play the Games?
Tournament play is at Barcroft Sports Complex (4100 South Four Mile Run) and the Jennie Dean Field Complex at 2800 South Four Mile Road in Arlington, Virginia. The Barcroft Complex has (4) four softball fields, indoor rest rooms, a concession stand, and ample free parking. The Jennie Dean fields consist of two excellent tournament quality fields with similar rest room facilities and other amenities. View a Graphic of the CUP Tournament Play Locations.
What is the fee to Play ?
When Can I Register My Team to Play?
A letter from 2010Tournament Participant I want to take a moment before we all get back to our hectic work weeks to thank you and your organization for a great weekend. Our players and parents were impressed with the tournament and had a great time. Even though the weather did not cooperate, we enjoyed ourselves so much! Of course, we were deeply honored to have our team win the Frank Bradley Sportsmanship Award. That meant so much to the girls and to us. We were also deeply honored and moved by the opening ceremonies on Saturday. Honored that we could participate; moved as we remembered and paid tribute to the men and women who sacrifice for us with their time and, sometimes, their lives. And, of course, many of us relived those horrific moments 9 years ago and felt the same emotions we did then. We hope you will allow us to return next year! Again, thanks to you and all of your staff who did such a fabulous job. You are a classy group! Jan and Jim Greenhawk Coaches Maryland Magic 12 U
I want to take a moment before we all get back to our hectic work weeks to thank you and your organization for a great weekend. Our players and parents were impressed with the tournament and had a great time. Even though the weather did not cooperate, we enjoyed ourselves so much!
Of course, we were deeply honored to have our team win the Frank Bradley Sportsmanship Award. That meant so much to the girls and to us. We were also deeply honored and moved by the opening ceremonies on Saturday. Honored that we could participate; moved as we remembered and paid tribute to the men and women who sacrifice for us with their time and, sometimes, their lives. And, of course, many of us relived those horrific moments 9 years ago and felt the same emotions we did then.
We hope you will allow us to return next year! Again, thanks to you and all of your staff who did such a fabulous job. You are a classy group!
Jan and Jim Greenhawk
Maryland Magic 12 U
Newspaper Notes from the previous tournaments.
There is a wonderful article about the passion that has been shown by the teams in the tournament, we invite you to you review this newspaper article from the Woodstock News on September 20, 2006 on why this tournament means so much to one team, Hudson Valley Express, from the State of New York.