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Slingball Tournament in Pacific City, Oregon
Playing Slingball & the MJN “Help Fight MS” Slingball Tournament.

Every year the last weekend of June, the Neu Brothers (Randy and Carter Neu) host an Annual MJN “Help Fight MS” Slingball Tournament in honor of their mother, Marilyn J. Neu in Pacific City Oregon to raise awareness and help fight Multiple Sclerosis. Marilyn passed away in 2005, but her spirit lives on in the tourney. “She always believed in paying it forward and being good to others” shares Randy Neu. “Our mom didn’t let the disease sour her one bit, in fact she stressed the importance of volunteerism and having fun”.

How did Slingball get started?
The Neu Brothers started playing Slingball after being introduced to the game from a friend. While they had fun playing the game, another friend seeing all the wacky things the slingballs would do, came up with an idea of adding another 4th bar. After a few trial and error games, the Neu Brothers figured out that adding a 4th rear bar 2 feet behind the slingball tower was the perfect distance to add even more crazy experiences to Sling. After several years of playing at the beach and in the backyard, the Neu brothers were hit with some terrible news. In 2005, their mother Marilyn Neu passed away due to complications with Multiple Sclerosis. The Neu Brothers were left with mixed emotions of sadness & grief as they had lost their mother, but also anger and frustration wondering why was such a giving person stricken with this disease. After the service the Neu Brothers took a weekend to decompress at their favorite beach spot, Pacific City OR, where they own a family beach house. They hoisted a beer at the Pelican Pub in honor of their mom, Marilyn, and turned their energy to playing Slingball and celebrating her life. And that’s when it hit them. When playing on the beach at Pacific City, people would always ask them “what’s that game”….”how do you play?”…..” can you teach me how to make a set”. It was at that time, the Neu Brothers put two and two together and came up with the idea to create Slingball and to kick it off by hosting the 1st Annual MJN “Help Fight MS” Slingball Tournament.

With a total of only 9 players, it was hardly a financial success to raise funds for MS, however, everyone has to start somewhere, right? For the Neu Brothers, it was therapeutic, as it was a chance to celebrate their mom’s life, have some fun, and support a good cause. Since the innaugrual tournament in 2006, it’s grown tenfold every year with participation now well over 200 and the expansion of adding a Kids “Mini Marilyn” Tourney! While the Neu Brothers can’t quit their day jobs, they hope to continue to grow participation in the Tournament and eventually be able to host Tournaments in multiple states and challenge other MS chapters.

Did we mention that ANYONE can play Slingball and that some of the past Champions only learned how to play from playing in the Tourney?

What is Slingball?
Original Slingball has been called many names over the years. Cowboy golf. Hillbilly golf. And the list goes on. In fact, you may have played on a home made set at a family bbq or at the beach. The Neu Brothers have been playing Original Slingball for many years after being introduced to the game through friends. The difference being the Neu Brothers have added an additional 4th rear cross bar and several other twists to enhance the game. They’ve also created terms for the many wacky things the Slingballs do while playing. Like horseshoes and bocce ball, Sling Ball is a game where 2-4 people play against each other and try to score by wrapping the sling balls around 4 sets of cross bars. The top cross bar is worth one point, the 2nd cross bar worth two, and the 3rd bottom cross bar worth 3 points. The rear cross bar is worth 4 points. Each person gets a three sling ball set and three tosses. The game continues until one player lands exactly on 21 points. The first player to land on exactly 21 points wins.

Slingball is dedicated to the Neu Brothers mother, Marilyn J. Neu who believed in being good to people, celebrating life, and paying it forward. By playing and supporting Slingball you are doing just that!

Check out the Pacific City Calendar for when the next Slingball Tournament in Pacific City, Oregon will be held. To support a good cause and have fun, register here.


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