July 15, 2010 | by Juliette Ebner
Cornhole for charity at Nellie’s

Nellie’s Sports Bar will host a charity cornhole tournament at 1 p.m. Saturday. The event, organized by Michael Graham, will benefit a scholarship fund created in memory of his cousin, Nikki Yoder, an elementary school teacher who died nine years ago from cancer.

Yoder graduated from Montrose Area High School in Pennsylvania. The scholarship is awarded to a student from her alma mater who is pursuing a career in education, has a need for financial aid, and demonstrates the same “personal qualities and commitment to making a difference” that Yoder displayed.

According to the letter that goes along with the scholarship application, Yoder was “committed to making a difference in each student’s life and helping each student reach their highest potential.”

Yoder worked to make a difference by “applying her own personal qualities of generosity, unselfishness, a positive attitude, and love of children.”

Graham, a gay D.C. resident, hosts an annual golf tournament benefit at his parents’ home but this year decided he wanted to do something different.

The event was originally planned as just a fun night out with friends.

“The owners of Nellie’s suggested I open it to the public,” Graham said. And so he did.

But why cornhole and what is it?

According to the American Cornhole Association, cornhole, sometimes called beanbag toss, is similar to horseshoes except players use wooden boxes called cornhole platforms and corn-filled bags instead of metal stakes and horseshoes.

Graham chose cornhole because it is easy to set up.

“It’s a fun game,” he said. “Pretty much anybody can play and I thought it would be cool to play on the rooftop.”

Cornhole is played and scored a lot like horseshoes. It can be played as doubles or singles. In doubles play, one member of each team pitches from one cornhole platform and the other members pitch from the other platform. In singles play, both contestants pitch from the same cornhole platform.

Contestants take turns pitching their corn bags at the platform until a contestant or a two-person team reaches a score of 21. A corn bag in the hole scores 3 points, while one on the platform, or in-the-count, scores 1 point.

To pre-register, e-mail Graham at charitycornhole@gmail.com and make sure to include a team name, individual players’ names and a contact phone number.

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