The Ezra Schwartz Memorial Baseball Tournament has been established in memory of our son, Ezra Schwartz. This year, the Tournament will be April 23-26, 2020.
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.
In April 2020 we will host our 4th annual Ezra Schwartz Memorial Baseball Tournament in Sharon Massachusetts, Ezra’s home town.
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 Atlanta Jewish Academy, Columbus Torah Academy and Shalhevet High School to our 4th annual 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.