HORSEHEADS, N.Y. (WENY) - The Finger Lakes Falcons travel baseball team hosted its Falcons for a Cure Tournament this weekend at the Holding Point in Horseheads.  

The annual tournament has grown tremendously since it began seven years ago. The event started with just three age groups and has since grown to include teams from 8U up to 14U. This year, the tournament brought 64 teams from across the state to compete. 

The tournament's mission is to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network. Many of the people involved in the Falcons organization have deep connections with the Children's Miracle Network, including Coach Ryan Keenan. 

"My own twins started there ten years ago at the Arnot NICU," Keegan shared. "The fact that we are able to generate funds with all the community involvement and community support and people from all over the region means a lot to a lot of individuals." 

The Finger Lake Falcons are a non-profit travel baseball organization. Coaches volunteer their time to help develop skills in young baseball players. Mike Berry joined the Falcons three years ago after spending time coaching high school baseball. He says that seeing the growth of the kids is one of the most rewarding parts. 

"It's amazing to watch the development," Berry said.  "We start in the winter, so we start with these kids in our indoor facilities. This year, when we started playing in tournaments and in little league, you could clearly see the kids that have been developing throughout the winter so much more than those that maybe didn't have the opportunity.  They're turning into young men right before our eyes." 

The tournament wraps up on Sunday where a winner will be crowned in each age group.