Scottsdale softball fundraising tournament supports local pup

Choncho, an English bulldog, won the Grand Canyon University Men’s Basketball Cutest Dog contest earlier this year. (Photo courtesy of GCU Lopes Facebook)

Scottsdale’s Chaparral Park will be home to the upcoming co-ed slow pitch softball tournament on Saturday, March 30, to raise additional funds to cover vet costs and bills for emergency surgery for beloved bulldog, Choncho.

The event host, Sophia Hobley is heading the tournament that has brought together the CRE community and local businesses to help support this fundraising event, according to a press release.

“I am very thankful for all the support the community has shown me for Choncho,” Ms. Hobley said in a prepared statement.

The English bulldog is the winner of the Grand Canyon University Men’s Basketball Cutest Dog contest. Shortly after he won the online voting contest, Choncho had to undergo several unexpected emergency surgeries just two weeks later.

The whole story and pics can be found on his Instagram page @elchoncheeto.

“Rather than taking the easy way out, I decided to save a life rather then end one,” Ms. Hobley stated. “It has been a very humbling experience at how well received this event has been because people really do care and can relate.”

The event is going to be held on field No. 6 at Chaparral Park, 5401 N. Hayden Road.

The tournament begins at 8:30 a.m. where teams will match up for the single day tournament. It is open to the public and anyone can come out and watch the tournament and support the fundraiser.

There will be food and drink concessions and raffle tickets to win gift baskets donated by local businesses, the press release stated.

Boondock’s Patio & Grill, at 4341 N. 75th St. in Scottsdale, will be hosting the after party once the tournament is over where all the tournament winners will be crowned and all the raffle drawing winners will be announced.

For more information in becoming a sponsor, gift basket donations, or to register your co-ed softball team, visit the event page on Facebook here or contact Sophia Hobley at

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