The Ezra Schwartz Memorial Baseball Tournament has been established in memory of our son, Ezra Schwartz. This year, the Tournament will be April 7-10, 2022.
Ezra grew up in Sharon, Massachusetts, with his parents and 4 siblings. In Sept 2015, Ezra went to Israel, for his gap year between High-School and college.
On November 19th, 2015, he was killed by a Palestinian terrorist in a drive by shooting on his way to a nature preserve near the Gush Etzion Junction. He was on his way to do volunteer work in memory of the 3 boys, Gil-ad, Naftali and Eyal, who were kidnapped and killed in June of 2014. Ezra was 18 years old.
We are very excited to finally host our 4th Ezra Schwartz Memorial Baseball Tournament in Sharon Massachusetts, Ezra’s home town. We unfortunately had a two-year delay due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. We are hopeful that we are ready to safely return in April 2022.
Our main goals in creating this special tournament were to share Ezra’s spirit and love for baseball.
The Ezra Schwartz Memorial Baseball Tournament, 2017, 2018, and 2019 surpassed our goals. The players from all teams were respectful and interested in learning about Ezra as they bonded with each other and with our family and friends. All three weekends were filled with warmth and fun and the competitions were exciting with good sportsmanship and great baseball.
A very special part of the event was that Ezra’s friends, Ezra’s brothers and the baseball players from all the teams played in a wiffle ball tournament on Ezra’s beloved wiffle ball field, in our backyard. It was a beautiful few hours of an exceptionally special weekend.
By sponsoring a baseball tournament weekend, we want to honor Ezra’s passion for baseball and create a fun environment in which to remember Ezra. The Sharon community is greatly looking forward to welcoming the Maimonides Varsity Baseball team as well as the Varsity Baseball teams from Gann Academy, Columbus Torah Academy and Shalhevet High School to our 4th Ezra Schwartz Memorial Baseball Tournament weekend.
Ruth and Ari Schwartz
Check out A Field For Ezra – A baseball field to be dedicated to the memory of an extraordinary young man, Ezra Schwartz, on December 3rd 2021 in Ra’anana, Israel – The Ezra Schwartz Ball Park.