Briella TomassettiJul 22, 2017, 11:45 amJul 24, 2017, 6:10 am

2nd annual softball tournament honors slain MLB prospect Michael Nolan

Tournament raises money for 8 athletic scholarships for Yonkers students, promotes city's gun buyback program and anti-drag racing legislation

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Hundreds of people and 20 teams are gathering to support the Nolan family at their 2nd annual memorial softball tournament.

All the money raised from the game goes directly towards a scholarship fund that'll be awarded to eight lucky athletes in the Yonkers public school district.

"We played softball together. We won a lot of championships,” said Bobby Doyle, a teammate. “He was a great guy, a great friend."

"Today we get to remember him and play for him, so that means the most," added Kendall Luqis, a friend.

They are both participating in honor of Michael Nolan, a 23-year-old Oakland A's baseball prospect with a bright future ahead of him.

Nolan was gunned down in a Burger King parking lot a day after a drag race down Tuckahoe road in 2015.

"Just come and support. That’s it, show some love, support,” said Nolan’s mother Donna. “Mike would have been here for everybody. This is all about giving back to the kids of Yonkers."

The tournament will not only offer young baseball hopefuls the opportunity to chase their dreams, but it will also promote new legislation that prohibits drag racing in Yonkers in Michael’s honor.

The Nolan family is trying to get that legislation passed countywide, and in the future, possibly even at the state level.

"Lives are important. If you're behind the wheel or an innocent bystander, your life matters,” said James, Michael’s brother. “So we have to set an example that this is not allowed anymore."

If you're caught drag racing on any highway within the City of Yonkers, not only will you be ticketed, but your car will be seized.

The tournament also promotes an illegal gun buyback hotline which has already helped remove over 100 illegal guns from the streets of Yonkers.

If you know the location of an illegal gun, you can call it into the Yonkers Police Department anonymously and get a $500 reward.

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