Building a Better Community, One Brick at a Time
One thing is for certain, the Red Claws will not be calling on any of the Sea Dogs staffers to shoot their three-pointers.
But, this is what I love about our office; our personal commitment to diving headlong into good causes, whether they are on the weekends or involve skills that we do not necessarily have. Like shooting three pointers! Even though yesterday was not one of our counted 59 (now 58!) work days until Opening Day, (April 12th, 2012…cue the shameless promotion) six Sea Dogs employees and a cheering section of two descended on the Expo to participate in STRIVE’s 3-Point Shoot-Out contest. Chris Cameron is on the board of STRIVE, an organization dedicated to helping teens and young adults with intellectual and emotional disabilities. It is Chris’s position on the board of STRIVE and his tireless support of this organization that created our team. The work STRIVE does is unbelievably valuable to our community, and we were only too happy to be involved. Chris, Geoff Iacuessa, Courtney Rague, Brian Murphy and Tim Miller made up the shooters. I was there strictly for moral support of our team and the cause. Chris’s wife Sarah and our friend Jen made up the rest of cheering section. Before I go on about the contest itself, I just wanted to congratulate Sarah, Jen and myself for our excellent job cheering. As relentless supporters of all teams involved, our hands were red and swollen as a result of our continuous clapping and our voices hoarse from our vocal support. It is a price we were happy to pay.
Back to the contest. For $25.00, you could enter a team of five to shoot three pointers on the beautiful parquet floor of the Expo. I honestly can’t tell you if additional money was donated for each basket made. As a dedicated member of the spirit squad, these details were not on my radar. I was just there to clap and heckle Norm Karkos, who did an excellent job emceeing the event.
I am proud to report that although our team had joked all week about how bad they would do, we did not get shut out. Courtney Rague (Pride of Old Orchard Beach) and Tim Miller (Pride of Deering High) carried the Sea Dogs team, each sinking one basket a piece. Geoff, Chris and Brian however, all went home empty handed. Geoff was quick to point out with pride that although he missed all of his shots, he did “hit the rim every time”. Each shooter received five shots, so for you statisticians out there, we were 2 for 25 from the field. Tim did make the “money ball” shot at the end, which I am told counted as two, so with a little help we were 3 for 25! Although the Sea Dog team was knocked out in the first round–sufficiently shamed by the performance of both Cheverus Girls teams (yes, they put in two!) and the team made up of Red Claws staffers–we went home with our heads held high. Actually we didn’t go home, we went straight to Pizza Villa and did what we do best-eat. Nothing soothes the ego like a pepperoni pizza.
We are already looking forward to next year’s event! As a marketing person, I think it is a golden sponsorship opportunity for a masonry/brick laying company to sponsor the entire event. It is a great cause and a fun concept and I atleast would get a chuckle out of the connection. Think of the opportunities for slogans! So a big thank you to the Red Claws to opening up their house to the event, and a big thank you to STRIVE for continuing to do the work that they do.
Next post will be about our returning coaching staff and how lucky we are to have them. They say flattery will get you everywhere, and I am hoping they are right.