One dome, 8 fields, 8 discs, 16 teams, 160 players, $6000. Zero referees. Organized chaos. Calls of ‘up,’ ‘travel,’ ‘stall,’ ‘not in,’ echo through Redeemer University’s covered dome, while athletes ranging from ‘weekend warrior’ to ‘incredibly fit touring player’ run, cut, jump, dive, and catch small white discs flying through the air. Watching the sport makes you realize that Ultimate is no joke. Playing it makes you realize how physically demanding it is to make your body sprint, stop, change direction, AND catch a disc. It’s not a game for fools (but they’re still welcome to play- most of us are just nice that way).
What it is, is a community of athletes. People who get together and play all year round. People who love the sport. People with big hearts.
This is our 3rd year running the 4CF Charity Ultimate Tournament. All proceeds go to Cystic Fibrosis Canada. We’ve raised $15,000 over the past 3 years, with $6000 raised already this year. Our first year there were 44 of us, playing through the night. In the second year, there were 140 of us. This year, there were over 160. And that was just Part One. Back by popular demand, we are running a ‘Part Two’ this year, with the hope of matching what we raised in Part One.
A special shout-out is in order for all the businesses that donate their time, goods, and services. Thank you Patch Design (http://patchdesign.ca/), Soccerworld (http://www.soccerworldhamilton.com/index), FIVE Ultimate (http://fiveultimate.com/), Breakmark Ultimate (http://www.breakmark.com/), VC Ultimate (http://www.vcultimate.com/), Walmart, Metro, Fortinos, Sobey’s, and FreshCo.
For some, it’s a fun day out. For others, it’s a chance to practice with their outdoor team. For me, it’s more than that. It’s for my daughter, and for her future. It fills me with happiness to see hundreds of friends playing Ultimate, knowing that every dollar raised is going towards vital research and clinical care. Thank you.