As I gear up for the 2nd Annual Charity Ultimate tournament, with all proceeds going to Cystic Fibrosis Canada, I feel very thankful to be part of such a great community.
We started this tournament last year… it was called the 1st Annual Charity Ultimate Tournament then. There were only 4 teams, it took place in the middle of the night (indoors, there were lights, we’re not THAT crazy), but somehow we managed to raise almost $4000. There were so many awesome people who, although they were not all daft enough to want to play Ultimate at night, still supported us by donating to Cystic Fibrosis Canada. This was a true community at work.
We live in a world pushed along at lightning speed by smart phones, Twitter, Facebook, and so on. We can be so disconnected from real-life interactions that we spend hours texting others, reading the latest tweets, keeping on top of our email, all while visiting friends- people actually sitting next to us. And this is deemed socially acceptable. Given this frantic state of affairs, I was humbled to see that this type of community still exists. A group of like-minded sporty types all rallying behind a fellow player and her family. Taking a break from their virtual worlds and helping out a friend.
This year we are aiming even higher, and running an all-day 4 on 4 ultimate tournament, with Mens, Womens, and Mixed divisions. Instead of 40 people playing, we are aiming for 400!
Thank you TJ for lighting the fire. Your enthousiasm is contagious. I am really excited about this event! If you’re in or near Ontario and want to enter a team or as an individual, please email me: FavoursForCysticFibrosis@gmail.com.