Rutgers freshman remembered with annual wiffle ball tournament

Posted: Updated:
EAST BRUNSWICK -

Dozens of people flocked to East Brunswick to play some wiffle ball for a good cause. 

A community tournament was held in Middlesex County to remember an 18-year-old Rutgers University freshman who died three years ago. 

Patrick Olabanji "BJ" Awosogba Jr. died while playing in a pickup basketball game due to a a silent, rare heart condition that kills thousands of young people each year. 

Awosogba Jr. had dreams of becoming an attorney but the rare heart condition which makes the heart muscle abnormally thick cut his life short. 

According to the American Heart Association, an estimated one in 350 children may have the dangerous underlying heart condition. Each year as many as 3,000 young people die from sudden cardiac arrest. 

His father, Dr. Patrick Awosogba, is still struggling with his son's death especially because he says his son had such a joy for life. 

"I recall on of his colleagues in high school was asked to say a few words for the yearbook and he said and I quote 'I intend to live forever and so far, so good' and 11 months later, he was dead."

This is the third year in a row that Awosogba Jr.'s friend, Gregory Sampson, hosted the wiffle ball tournament to honor his former Little League teammate. 

All the money raised goes towards student athletes at "BJ's Alma Mater" in East Brunswick. 

The event raised more than $2,500 last year and hopes to make more this year. 

  • New Jersey SlideshowsGalleriesMore>>

  • Your Oct. 16 storm photos

    Your Oct. 16 storm photos

    Storm photos Oct. 17Storm photos Oct. 17
    Storm photos Oct. 17Storm photos Oct. 17
    Heavy right and high winds swept through the tri-state area due to a large coast storm on the night of Oct. 16. Here are your photos from the storm.
    Heavy right and high winds swept through the tri-state area due to a large coast storm on the night of Oct. 16. Here are your photos from the storm.
  • Yankees in the 2019 Playoffs

    Yankees in the 2019 Playoffs

    New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Houston Astros during the 10th inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Houston.New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Houston Astros during the 10th inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Houston.
    New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Houston Astros during the 10th inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Houston.New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Houston Astros during the 10th inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Houston.
    Photos on the field of the New York Yankees in the 2019 American League Division Series vs. the Minnesota Twins.
    Photos on the field of the New York Yankees in the 2019 American League Division Series vs. the Minnesota Twins.
  • Guide: New Jersey Breweries

    Guide: New Jersey Breweries

    Looking to check out brewery this summer? There are many breweries across the state for beer-lovers to visit. Check out our list for breweries in your area. 

    Looking to check out brewery this summer? There are many breweries across the state for beer-lovers to visit. Check out our list for breweries in your area. 

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."