Pushing Hope Tournament 2021

AUGUST 19th-20th-21st, 2021

In the early 1980’s, Consolidated Grain & Barge (CGB) began the river industry charity softball tournament as a way to get the industry together, have some fun, and support a charitable cause. CGB later handed over coordination of tournament events to Olympic Marine Company, where they led the way for 9 years. In 1999 MEMCO Barge, which later became AEP River Operations, took over the reins and continued the tradition for 17 years. Over the years a golf tournament and kickball tournament were added, and in 2018 a 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk joined the array of activities. Under AEP River Operations’ direction, the marine industry raised over $885,000 for charitable causes. Following the acquisition of AEP River Operations by American Commercial Barge Line (ACBL) in 2015, Ceres Consulting LLC took over coordination of this annual event with ACBL’s assistance as a major sponsor. In 2016, the PUSHING HOPE ANNUAL MARINE INDUSTRY CHARITY TOURNAMENT raised more than $180,000, in 2017 it raised nearly $150,000, in 2018 it raised more than $170,000, and in 2019 it raised more than $150,000; all to benefit Mary Crowley Cancer Research.

In 2020, the normal slate of in-person PUSHING HOPE ANNUAL MARINE INDUSTRY CHARITY TOURNAMENT activities were side-lined by the COVID-19 global pandemic.  However; we were still able to raise $109,500.00 during our Christmas, COVID and Cancer Challenge for a Cure.  Thank you for your continued support, year after year.  We could not succeed without you!

The 2021 PUSHING HOPE ANNUAL MARINE INDUSTRY CHARITY TOURNAMENT in conjunction with inland river barge BIG HOPE 1 will continue to support Mary Crowley Cancer Research. The mission of Mary Crowley Cancer Research is to expand treatment options for all types of cancer and all cancer patients through investigational vaccine, gene and cellular therapies.

More information about Mary Crowley Cancer Research can be found at www.marycrowley.org.

2021 Marine Industry Charity Information and Forms:


Kickball/Softball Waivers

Kickball/Softball Rules

2021 Tournament Brackets (to be posted at a later date):