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Roy Sherwood 1932-2017

The ski jumping world along with the Salisbury Winter Sports Association has lost a champion and a  friend.

The very best  seem born to their chosen field. And sometimes, combined with hard work and perseverance, that natural-born talent can launch them towards greatness. You could say it’s in their DNA.

Roy Sherwood was such a man. He was born to jump.

He joined SWSA’s junior ski jumping program in Salisbury at age seven and showed early promise. By age 15 he was winning competitions at Satre Hill in Salisbury, CT. By age 18 Roy was considered one of the best jumpers in the country. In 1954, Roy won the National  Championship and was aiming for the 1956 Olympics.

But then disaster struck- Roy contracted polio.

But Roy would not be denied. He amped up his already-arduous training regimen to  regain the use of his weakened legs, and by 1956 he had returned to full strength, and competed in that year’s Olympic games in Cortina Italy.

Although Roy left his mark on the national and international ski jumping world, his biggest impact was on the young jumpers who followed after him at Satre Hill. Roy was a home town hero, and young jumpers wanted to be just like him. He joined a long tradition of world class athletes who came back to coach and nurture the next generation of jumpers in Salisbury. One of those youngsters was Larry Stone, another home town boy who went on to an illustrious 20 plus year coaching career at Lake Placid, NY.

Roy Sherwood passed away on October 19, 2017 at age 85. He lived long and large and well.

This February 9th-11th, 2018  the Salisbury Winter Sports Association (SWSA) will host the 92nd Annual Jumpfest, a three day ski jumping weekend at Satre Hill in Salisbury which features some of the best junior ski jumping talent in the Eastern US. Some them will someday join Roy  Sherwood as American Olympians.

To learn more about Jumpfest 2018 go to the Everything Else calendar.

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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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Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Nearly a million runners in the United States took part in a Thanksgiving Day race last year,  according to Running USA. That is a 20% increase over the past five years. Clearly, a holiday morning race is a growing tradition for many runners.

We have three Turkey Trots to choose from in our Tri-State area on Thanksgiving morning, one in each state: The Ferncliff Forest 5K in Rhinebeck, NY, the Goshen Turkey Trot in Goshen, CT and the Thankful 5K in Pittsfield, MA. The three events are raising funds for the Forest preservation, community charities and Autism support, respectively. All three will kick off early enough to get you home in plenty of time to restore those depleted calories. Get all the race details here at

William Arthur Ward said that “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a gift and not sharing it.”  Although sportingAcause has been up for only a couple months, the notion for its concept is more than three years old. There are four people in particular for whom I am grateful in bringing this site to life. They are Mark and Lauren Trager, Matthew Murray and Lance Leifert. I am most grateful to them because, without their help and their skills, this dream would still be just a notion.

I am also grateful for my friends who supported my idea and bolstered my confidence when self confidence was in short supply.

I hope that this Thanksgiving, and throughout the year, you take the time to share your gratitude with those who deserve it.

Happy Thanksgiving


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