World Kickball Championship Tournament History

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Founders Cup World Kickball Champions

2015- Sofa King Good

Sofa King Good (5)
The Situation (3)

Saturday, October 10th, 2015


‚Äč2014 - Shockwave

OSC Kickball (1)

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

2013 - Flying V

Flying V (3)
The Situation (1)

Saturday, October 10th, 2013

2012 - OSC

OSC (4)
The Situation (2)

Saturday, October 9th, 2012

2011 - The Other Shot Callers

Other Shot Callers (5) d.
Panik Attack (1)

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

2010 - Panik Attack

Panik Attack (6) d.
The Other Shot Callers (2)

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

2009 - The Others

The Others (3) d.
Best Coast Ballers (1)

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

2008 - Frosty Balls

Frosty Balls (2) d.
Meatballs (0)

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

2007 - DWAKP

DWAKP (3) d.
Fiasco United (0)

Saturday, September 1st, 2007

2006 - Kick Asphalts

Kick Asphalts (3) d.
Off in Public (2)

Saturday, July 22nd, 2006

2005 - Kick Asphalts

Kick Asphalts (5) d.
Off in Public (2)

Saturday, July 23nd, 2005

2004 - Kick Asphalts

Kick Asphalts (19) d.
N.A.D.S (1)

Saturday, August 21st, 2004

2003 - My Left Foot

My Left Foot (17) d.
Happy Fun Ball (3)

Saturday, September 13th, 2003

2002 - Milk Money Millionaires

Milk Money Millionaires (2) d.
Pity the Fool (1)

Saturday, August 17th, 2002

2001 - Pity the Fool

Pity the Fool (7) d.
The Grass Kickers (6)

Saturday, August 18th, 2001

2000 - Thick Femur

Thick Femur (1) d.
After School Specials (0)

Saturday, August 19th, 2000

1999 - After School Specials

After School Specials (7) d.
Keg Kickers (6)

Saturday, August 21th, 1999

1998 - The Big Kids

The Big Kids (4) d.
Kickin' Chicken (2)

Saturday, July 30th, 1998

The History of the Founders Cup

    The WAKA Founders Cup is awarded annually to the kickball team winning the World Kickball Championship in the Spring/Summer season.     Few trophies in the world can compare with the history and mystique of kickball's Founders Cup. The Cup's power and grace, smooth lines, and solid luster all combine to epitomize the commitment, dedication to a cause, and excellence required of champions in the world's best known playground sport - kickball. 

    The trophy was crafted by some of the world's finest silversmiths in the Kashmir region of India. It is a 12" tall, sterling silver, wide-mouthed half-gallon grail with intricately designed handles, base, and rim. The Irish Lord O'Casey purchased and brought the trophy to Dublin in the early 19th century and used it to celebrate the champions of his own private estate sports tournaments. So revered was the Cup by fellow Lords and commoners alike, it is not surprising that O'Casey eventually lost possession of it. It is unclear whether the Cup was lost due to play in an Inter-Estate Tournament, or if it was stolen by one of the participants or guests. From there, more than 50 years later, the trophy mysteriously made it to the Americas soon after the end of the American Civil War. Rumor has it that the Cup served as a prize both for local baseball and later, soccer teams, at different times during its stay in the United States.

     The Cup's recent history starts, of course, with the founders for which it is named. Having played kickball all their lives, these four young men started the kickball league that would soon be known simply by its acronym, WAKA. In appreciation of the time and energy that the founders donated to the league and the sport in general, a group of players suggested that the first WAKA season's championship team receive a trophy titled, the Founders Cup. So, after a long and varied life, the Cup finally made its way to WAKA and debuts to this day as the World Kickball Championship Founders Cup.

     The one constant throughout the silver grail's life has been its unique status in the sports world. "It's unique because there's no other kickball trophy like it," said David Lowry, WAKA's Executive Director. That kind of history has built the legend and aura that surrounds the Cup today. Jimmy Walicek, another of WAKA's National Directors, relates that one of the many traditions associated with the Founders Cup is its presentation to the winning team during the awards ceremony - the Cup is filled to the rim with fine ale. After the team drinks in the sweet victory, the Cup is hoisted above the players' heads. "It's a sign of victory not just for the players, but the fans as well," said Walicek.

     Arguably, the Founders Cup is a metaphor for kickball itself. It has endured spirited celebration, suffered a pulled hamstring, sprained an ankle, and shows a few scars and bruises, yet it is still the shining silver embodiment of kickball's style, valor, and glory. Like the game-weary WAKA player in grass-stained shorts and sweaty socks it always returns the next year to play again.