Clayton’s sister, Valerie Askoty, says the money raised will help parents keep their children involved in sports when they otherwise may not be able to.
“We’re starting a Clayton Askoty Youth Foundation, and it’s to raise funds for families that cannot afford to send their kids to sporting events,” Askoty explains. “We’re starting this foundation because my brother was an avid believer in getting the kids out there involved in sports and socializing.”
Clayton Askoty passed away unexpectedly a year and a half ago, and the tournament is held in his memory because of the love he had for sports.
Valerie says her brother was someone who was very generous and often helped youth, without looking for recognition.
“The one thing a lot of people do not know about him is… a lot of the families couldn’t afford to take their kids to see baseball tournaments and get involved in it, so he started his own team,” she says. “He took the kids out and drove them to Fort Nelson so they could be involved in tournaments, and that was one thing as his sister I didn’t even know until about a couple of months after he passed: that he was using his own money to take the kids out.”
The family is hopeful to have the Clayton Askoty Youth Foundation up and running in six months time. An exact figure on the money raised over the weekend won’t be available until later in the week.