by Mike Endres
For the seventh year in a row, a group of local residents held their Spring Olympic games to raise money for charity. These ‘backyard’ Olympics consist of eight teams of two players each. Each team represents a charity that they are passionate about and pay a buy-in to compete in the games. The team that wins the Olympics has the total purse donated to their favorite charity.
Prior to the big day, the teams vote on which games will be played. This year the players chose bowling, ladder ball, washers, hockey, miniature golf, Nerf archery, pool, corn hole and ping pong. Although it rained the day of the event, participants couldn’t help but have an amazing time!
By the end of the competition, the Yellow Team (Jason and Ashley Martin) won it all for their charity, Family Life Today. And just like in the traditional Olympics, the top three teams win gold, silver and bronze medals respectively.
In addition to overall winners, some individual events featured prizes thanks to generous local sponsors including Marge’s Donut Den, Park Center Lanes, Debbie’s Twist & Shake, Waste Management, blueVortex.net, and EP Adventures.
The coolest thing about this effort is that YOU too could plan a similar event as a means to have fun with friends and make a contribution to a good cause. For information on how, contact event organizer Mike Endres at mike@blueVortex.net