After Jeff Peterson, a independent professional wrestler, died after a long battle with cancer in 2002, less than a year later the Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup, a 16-competitor tournament, was created to benefit someone afflicted with cancer.
This year will be no different. When the Cup is held Sept. 26-27, all proceeds will go Devin Deschaine, a 2-year-old with Stage 4 neuroblastoma, a rare form of pediatric cancer. Sal Hamaoui, promoter and booker for Pro Wrestling Riot, said getting Devin as the beneficiary happened very quickly.
"It was coincidence," Hamaoui said. "Just a day after we committed to the Cup, we got an e-mail from a fan that said we should check Devin and his family out."
Pro Wrestling Riot puts on monthly shows and has produced notable wrestlers, such as WWE's Brian Kendrick.
The two-day event will feature 22 total matches, including two cage matches Sept. 27.
The events on Sept. 26 will be held at the New Lakes in Regency Park Civic Center. On Sept. 27, the event will move to the National Guard Armory in Brooksville. Both days start at 7 p.m.
Two-night general admission is $25 for adults and $15 for kids 13 and under. Single-night admission is $20 for adults and $10 for kids.
Hamaoui added that Devin and his family will attend the event.
"I spoke to his mom, and she said he's a feisty little guy getting into all kinds of trouble," Hamaoui said. "I think wrestling will be a good fit for him."
FLAG FOOTBALL: The Hernando County Recreation Department kicked off its first week of flag football Sept. 5, with some blowout and close games. The Untouchables squeaked past Comfort Control 13-12 and Rat Pack dominated Tampa Bay 33-6. Pitt Bulls won both their games, 19-9 against Hogan and 26-6 against Topline, while Huntington won 28-19 against the Bears. The Warriors scored against the Ravens, 7-0, Law Firm beat the Land Sharks 23-6 and James Jones shut out FPAT 14-0.
RUNNING: Gulfside Regional Hospice is holding its second annual Hike for Hospice on Nov. 8.
There will be 5K events on both sides of the county that day. The morning hike starts at 8 a.m. at the New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center, 6630 Van Buren St., New Port Richey, and the afternoon hike begins at 11 a.m. at Zephyr Park, 38116 Fifth Ave., Zephyrhills.
The fee is $35 for adults, $15 for children 10 and younger. All proceeds go to patient care at Gulfside hospice. Each hiker will get a snack, beverages, a T-shirt and a goodie bag with registration.
To sign up, call Jennifer York toll-free at 1-800-561-4883 or visit active.com and search on "Hike for Hospice."
TENNIS: The Holiday Recreation Complex hosts a tennis league for men and women 16 and older. Registration is Monday through Sept. 24, with games starting Oct. 1. The cost is $10. Call (727) 934-4198.
MORE TENNIS: Hernando County Recreation and Strings and Things are offering tennis lessons from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at Hernando Park in downtown Brooksville. One-hour lessons are $42 for six.
For information, call (352) 754-4031.
TRIATHLON: The Inaugural Chaotic CoteeMan Triathlon will be at the New Port Richey Aquatic Pool and Recreation Center, 6630 Van Buren St., starting at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27.
Participants will swim 200 meters, then bike 11 miles and run a 5K through downtown New Port Richey. The cost is $70.
Relay teams can run as well, for $85 through Friday and $95 from Saturday until race day. For online registration, go to www.active.com and type "Chaotic CoteeMan Triathlon" in the search field.
POKER: Heritage Spring Country Club in Trinity hosts a Texas hold'em competition at 6 p.m. Saturday, with benefits going to Alzheimer's Family Organization. The $75 cost gets you $2,000 worth of chips and dinner. For information, call (727) 848-8888.
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