As a tribute to a young man, whose loss is felt in the community, and the game he loved so much, friends and family of John Mangen will gather for the third annual John Mangen Day at the Ballpark this Sunday, July 24.

As a tribute to a young man, whose loss is felt in the community, and the game he loved so much, friends and family of John Mangen will gather for the third annual John Mangen Day at the Ballpark this Sunday, July 24.

The first event was held just months after John’s death in an icy March crash that claimed the lives of four young men. Held on July 20, 2014, what would have been John’s 19th birthday, it drew a crowd happy to remember John with a day of baseball.

The same happy thoughts drive the third year of John Mangen Day at the Ballpark. “The purpose of this event is to celebrate the life of a great, aspiring young man, while playing the game he loved so much,” said John’s teammate and friend, Brandon Streich. “An entire day of baseball in the community is an honorable tribute to John, for he loved nothing more than the game of baseball.”

Streich also said that the event involves the collaboration of community and surrounding teams. “We all rally together to make this a great day for a good cause,” he said.

There will be a normal concession stand, plus the Indian baseball team will serve pork sandwich plates, with chips and beverages. All proceeds from the day benefit the John Mangen Scholarship fund. The scholarships are awarded to a senior baseball and softball player at both local high schools who represent the love of the game as well as character and integrity on and off the field and in the classrooms.