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This coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb 9-11, Tri-State area residents can witness a sport that few others in the country can. Ski jumping returns to Satre Hill in Salisbury, CT  for Jumpfest 2018.

Some of the best junior jumpers in the East, in the country for that matter, will compete for prizes on Friday night, trophies on Saturday, and on Sunday, they will be jumping their very best to earn a spot on the Junior National Team. This is a big deal for these kids- the next higher goal for them is the Olympics.

Jumpfest is the major fundraiser for the Salisbury Winter Sports Association (SWSA) which supports winter sports, teaches children to ski jump and maintains  20, 30 and 70-meter hills at its beautiful facilities in Salisbury.

Also on Friday night is the Human Dog Sled Race, an event inside of an event during Jumpfest. This fun race, again rarely seen, pits teams of six people, five pulling one on a sled of the team’s design. The race course is the landing area of the ski jump. This event is fun to either watch or compete in. Visit for details.

In the interests of full disclosure, I am a long-time volunteer and director of SWSA.

Also coming up soon is a six- event series of “Shoots” at the Northwest CT Rod and Gun Club in Canaan, CT. The first will be held February 18th. Everyone is welcome, including youngsters accompanied by adults. You don’t even need your own firearm- they have a “Club 20 gauge” for you to use. Proceeds will help build a new pavilion. Find out more in the Everything Else Calendar”.

Also upcoming, on February 17th is the Bob and Peg Andrulis 16th Annual Sweetheart Run/Walk in Litchfield, CT. If your running spirit has been hampered by winter weather, this might be just the antidote.  The event is a 5 mile run or a 3 mile walk. Go to the “Run/Walk/ Bike Calendar” to learn more.

Coming soon: News about the successes of recent events.

Stay warm!


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Nelson Mandela said  “Sport has the power to unite people in a way that little else does”.

Those who have ever taken to the field or the court or the schoolyard to play against others understand. A game played hard and clean with a handshake at the end is a metaphor for life lived well. When that game is played for the purpose of helping others, there are only winners.

Welcome to sportingAcause. Our modest mission is three-fold: first, to promote sports-related fundraisers. They range from golf to wiffleball to softball tournaments, and from triathlons to walkathons. If it’s a sport and it’s raising money for a cause, it’s in. We’ll even include polar plunges- not a sport really, but if folks are willing to jump into winter water for charity, they’re in too.

The second part of our mission is to promote the causes for which those games raise money. They include programs for children at risk, scholarships to deserving teens, research to find cures for diseases, and many, many more. In their aggregate, these sporting events- hundreds of them- with their accompanying fundraising, elevate the quality of life in our tri-state area beyond measure. You will see that here.

The third part of our mission at sportingAcause is to shed light on all of the local businesses who support all of the fundraising efforts all year long. There is a formula in the fundraising world- if businesses sponsor or underwrite your costs, then the rest- entry fees, etc., is profit. Here is the bottom line- without business support, there are no fundraisers. We will do our best to give those businesses the recognition they deserve.

And we can use your help. If you know of an event not listed on our calendars, please let us know- we will include it. If you have a story or a picture or a video reflective of our mission, please send it to us.

The events you see on this website today are only the beginning. New events will be arriving daily, and when school begins in September, many more will be added. The total will ever increase.

Please wander around this site, and let us know what you like about it and what could make it better, because this is your site too.

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