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East Brunswick to hold wiffle ball tournament to remember graduate

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On Feb. 22, 2015, Patrick Awosogba, a School of Arts & Sciences student at Rutgers University, passed away playing in a pickup basketball game at the Cook/Douglass Recreation Center.

Awosogba, a freshman, had a rare heart condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, where the heart muscle becomes abnormally thick, causing an arrhythmia or irregular heartbeat.

Every summer since, Greg Sampson, a former East Brunswick High School (EBHS) classmate and baseball teammate, organizes a wiffle ball tournament fundraiser to raise scholarship money for Awosogba’s parents to present to a highly-deserving EBHS student.

The tournament has raised approximately $6,000 for the scholarship in its first three years. Past scholarship recipients include Amir Bell, a childhood friend of Awosogba who recently played four years of basketball at Princeton University and just signed a professional basketball contract in Italy; Kyle Potkulski, who played Little League and high school baseball with Awosogba; and EBHS graduate David Bermudez.

The tournament will be held on Aug. 24 at East Brunswick Baseball League, 367 Dunhams Corner Road East, East Brunswick. Check-in is from 10-10:45 a.m.

There will be two age groups: young adult and adult. Three to four players are on a team with the cost of $10 per player.

Rules will be posted at the field.

To volunteer as an umpire for the young adult division or to sign up via email, message with team name, division and the number of players.

Additional contributions will be accepted via check be made payable to Patrick O. Awosogba Memorial Fund, c/o EBHS, 380 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick 08816; or online at


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