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Thank you Dave and More

 

Is there any place big enough to hold all of the friends of NASCAR Dave McMillan and his lovely wife Christine?

We’ll find out July 29th when everyone is invited to a gathering to honor the McMillan family at the Sharon Baseball Field Pavilion in Sharon, CT.

For over 25 years, the McMillans, along with their band of loyal volunteers, have run the Sunday in the Country Food Drive, an organization that provides holiday dinners for struggling families in the Tri-State area. By cooking at events and partnering with others, and promoting fundraisers on his Hometown Sunday Morning radio show, this group has improved the lives of thousands and helped many events raise money.

But this Fall, the McMillans are moving South to escape the cold New England winters, and the Sunday in the Country Food Drive folks have organized this event to give everyone a chance to say “Thank you”. The gathering , which runs from 2:00 -5:00 pm, will include refreshments. And, as I said, everyone is invited.

Late Entry

Here is a last-minute event entry. Actually, it’s an event inside of an event. During the Harlem Valley Trail Ride coming up this Sunday at Eddie Collins Field in Millerton, NY, organizers have inserted a corn hole tournament. This competition is open to everyone, not just cyclists, and the Sunday in the Country Food Drive benefits. See details about the Trail Ride and the Corn Hole Tournament in Upcoming Events below.

Also find out about the Evan Rashkoff 1st Annual Sunset Trot in Sharon, the Dutchess Dragon Boat Race over on the Hudson River and the Roeliff Jensen Community Library Golf Tournament at Undermountain Golf Course- a little something for everybody and all supporting great causes.

Until next time

Willie

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Mud Pits, Hiatuses and More

The water was brown, opaque and something smelled. You could understand anyone’s reluctance to put their face in it. But that’s what they did- over 300 intrepid souls dove under floating barriers, crawled through culverts, climbed over a car tire barrier, sloshed through a mud pit- 30 obstacles in all over a 3.1 mile course in last Saturday’s searing heat at the beautiful Camp Moe property in Torrington.

This was the annual WYLD Obstacle Run, the first of a four-race series to benefit the Northwest CT YMCA. And there was a great shortened version for the kids. The event typically raises $10,000 to $15,000 which gives financial assistance to individuals and families who could not otherwise afford memberships. The second race in the series is the Canaan Rail Road Days 5 Mile Run on July 29th- check the calendar for details.

Taking Time Off

There are three events that are, for one reason or another, taking a break this year. The Steve Blass Golf Tournament, which is always held in September, is taking a year off, but promises to be back next year. The tournament benefits the Region One Athletic Fund in Northwest CT.

A July golf tournament, the Adopt- a – Family Scramble, will also be on hiatus this season but will be back next year. Adopt-a-Family provides toys and warm clothing at Christmas for children in struggling families in the towns of Millerton, Pine Plains, Amenia and Ancram, NY.

And the Wounded Warrior Softball Challenge, which has been organized for several years by Marty Cassone in Warren, CT, will pass this year for lack of volunteer power. This illustrates the plight of many charitable events and organizations which are volunteer- run. We all lead busy lives, and often our volunteer hours are stretched to the breaking point. There just isn’t enough time. Hopefully the Softball Challenge will return. It has raised and divided around $4000 each year between the Wounded Warrior Project and Fisher House.

Coming Up

Start your July 4th celebration off Wednesday morning with a run in downtown Pittsfield, MA in the Independence Day 5K . The event precedes the City’s annual parade. Over 900 runners are expected and the Berkshire Medical Center both sponsors and benefits from the race.

On Saturday the 7th, also in Pittsfield, the local police will hold the Midnight Run With The Cops 5K, one of several events the Pittsfield Police force holds each year to support Special Olympics MA. The race includes a Copstacle Fun Run/Walk so everyone can take part.

Also on Saturday, the Markoe 8th Annual Racing to Save Lives 5K/10K will kick off at Tymor Park in Union Vale, NY. The Dana Farber Institute benefits.

Find all of the details about these and many other events at sportingAcause.com.

Until next time,

Willie

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Welcome!

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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