On the 10th anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, the city of Medford will host its final Krystle Campbell Memorial Softball Tournament honoring the former Medford High player killed in the April 15, 2013 tragedy.
Teams from Arlington Catholic High School, Billerica Memorial High School, Swampscott High School, and Medford High School will compete Saturday and Sunday at Columbus Park, Medford Public Schools Superintendent Marice Edouard-Vincent wrote in her weekly memo posted March 31.
The opening ceremony is set for 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, according to the opening ceremony program. Medford Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn is set to welcome everyone and remarks are expected from Congresswoman Katherine Clark and from six survivors of the marathon bombings.
Special guests for the ceremonial first pitch include Krystle’s brother Bill Campbell, Lungo-Koehn, the six survivors of the marathon bombings, Clark, and Peter Cushing, the assistant superintendent for Enrichment and Innovation for MPS.
The same four teams have competed in the tournament every year. Campbell, 29, was one of three victims killed, and hundreds more injured, when two bombs went off near the marathon’s finish line on Boylston Street.
Campbell was a 2001 graduate of Medford High School, where she played on the Mustangs’ softball team. She attended the University of Massachusetts at Boston, before taking a job as a restaurant manager, the Globe reported.
The memorial softball tournament returned last year following a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Money raised during the tournament goes toward a Medford High School scholarship named for Campbell. So far, the team has gotten over 50 sponsors, including several for $1,000, according to the city.
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