Over 150 people support first annual Turkey Bowl Tournament

WHITE PLAINS – Over 150 people came to a field in White Plains for the first annual MJL Turkey Bowl Tournament. A seven on seven co-ed flag football tournament in honor of Mike John Leone who passed away in April of 2016 from a rare blood disorder called amyloidosis. He was a man who was cherished as a father, a coach, and a community member.

“He was so impactful to all of us growing up. I still dedicate some of my sports games to him. I think of him and what he taught me,” Turkey Bowl Co-Organizer Stephen Schiavone said.

Luke Wooters and Stephen Schiavone came up with the idea and were able to get a dozen teams to sign up. Everyone got into the spirit of things and flashed their skills for a good cause because all the money raised will be donated to the amyloidosis center at Boston University.

Nick Leone, Mike Leone’s son, is friends with Wooters and Schiavone and is pleased with the turnout for the first annual tournament in memory of his father.

“A great way for everyone to come be thankful for a great man, celebrate his memory and have some fun,” Wooters said.

Nick Leone hopes to increase the awareness around this rare disease to potentially save someone’s life in the future.

“We didn’t expect this turnout. But it’s good to see everybody coming back and we’re going to give back to a great cause and we’re just hoping that to grow it. And give recognition back to the disease because it’s so rare,” Nike Leone said.