In 2008, Kevin Will and a friend were at a charity pub crawl, which inspired them to create their own. "We looked around at how much fun people were having and that a lot of money was going to a good cause," Will says. Shortly thereafter they created Beer Pong for Babies, a tournament that drew 48 teams in its inaugural year, in the space formerly known as the Beaumont Club. Now, the double-elimination tournament has doubled in size and moved to the Power & Light District.
To participate in Beer Pong for Babies, preregister at beerpongforbabies.com. A few spots will be open the day of the tournament on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning at 10 a.m. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
We asked Will some tough questions.
The Pitch: How much money have you raised?
Will: Our first year, I think we were only able to donate about $1,500 because the event was fairly small. That seems like a long, long time ago. Because the event grows every year, obviously our donations get larger and larger. And obviously there are costs that go along with putting on an event like this. However, after everything is paid for — cups, balls, etc. — 100 percent of the remainder is donated.
Registration is $103. What does that cover?
Registration covers beer and/or water during the tournament. Obviously, the choice is up to the individual. Each team also gets bags with shirts, koozies and various swag from our sponsors.
Have you tried BPFB in other cities?
BPFB is in the infant stages of spreading to other cities. We have interest from Los Angeles; Denver; St. Louis; Austin, Texas; and Stillwater, Oklahoma. We would love for this event to go national.
Let's be real here. Alcohol causes birth defects. What are your thoughts on that and how you're raising money?
Valid point. We definitely understand that this event may be difficult for some to wrap their heads around. We get it. It's weird. I bet Crawl for Cancer probably sounded like a weird idea at first, too.