Friends hold wiffle ball tournament to remember East Brunswick High School baseball player

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Players support the family of Patrick Awosogba, a former East Brunswick High School classmate and baseball player who died of a rare heart condition in 2015. His friend Gregory Sampson holds a fundraiser tournament in his honor every summer. This year's event was held on Aug. 24 at the East Brunswick Baseball League fields.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Patrick Awosogba of East Brunswick died of a rare heart condition in 2015. Pictured are his father, Patrick, and sister, Bukki, at a fundraising wiffle ball tournament in his honor on Aug. 24 in East Brunswick. Not pictured: his mother Elizabeth or sisters Temi or Abolaji.
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Gregory Sampson organizes a wiffle ball tournament every year in honor of his friend, Patrick Awosogba, who died in 2015 from a rare heart condition.
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East Brunswick Baseball League baseball fields, Dunhams Corner Road, East Brunswick
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Players support the family of Patrick Awosogba, a former East Brunswick High School classmate and baseball player who died of a rare heart condition in 2015. His friend Gregory Sampson holds a fundraiser tournament in his honor every summer. This year's event was held on Aug. 24 at the East Brunswick Baseball League fields.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Patrick Awosogba of East Brunswick died of a rare heart condition in 2015. Pictured are his father, Patrick, and sister, Bukki, at a fundraising wiffle ball tournament in his honor on Aug. 24 in East Brunswick. Not pictured: his mother Elizabeth or sisters Temi or Abolaji.
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Gregory Sampson organizes a wiffle ball tournament every year in honor of his friend, Patrick Awosogba, who died in 2015 from a rare heart condition.
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East Brunswick Baseball League baseball fields, Dunhams Corner Road, East Brunswick

EAST BRUNSWICK – On Feb. 22, 2015, Patrick Awosogba, a School of Arts & Sciences student at Rutgers University, passed away playing in a pickup basketball game at the Cook/Douglass Recreation Center.

Awosogba, a freshman, had a rare heart condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, where the heart muscle becomes abnormally thick, causing an arrhythmia or irregular heartbeat.

Every summer since, Gregory Sampson, a former East Brunswick High School (EBHS) classmate and baseball teammate, organizes a wiffle ball tournament fundraiser to raise scholarship money for Awosogba’s family to present to a highly-deserving EBHS student.

This year’s tournament was held on Aug. 24 at the East Brunswick Baseball League on Dunhams Corner Road.

Additional contributions will be accepted via check be made payable to Patrick O. Awosogba Memorial Fund, c/o EBHS, 380 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick 08816; or online at www.gofundme.com/gs-scholarship-in-honor-of-bj.