“From the end spring new beginnings.”~ Pliny the Elder
Ladies & Gentleman, boys and girls.
Welcome to your NEW Austin Blades sledge hockey team.
The team that I play for now has a branch of the STARSkaters program and will be now protected by its 501(c)3, and receive all of its non-profit status.
A press release that was sent out today by STARSkaters stated:At a recent board meeting, the Austin Blades Sled Hockey team voted unanimously to become a chapter of STARskaters.org Chapter status will allow them to expand their fundraising efforts to support Sled Hockey in Austin as well as send some of their players to the 2014 Sled Hockey National Championships which will be held near Boston, Mass next April. At the meeting, Frank Dorval was elected chapter President. Frank got to work immediately enlisting STARskaters founder Jim O’Neill to assist planning a 3 on 3 Tournament in Austin which will serve as the clubs first major fundraising effort with a target of $5,000 in proceeds. For more information about the Austin Blades Sled Hockey Club, contact Frank@STARskaters.org
And this is all true. We did have a meeting and we ALL voted to go for the STARSkaters program. We’ve connected with the program in friendship and have bonded with them personally that it all just made sense to go with them. Simply because Jim O’Neill had heard about our troubles with the secretive information about the non-profit status.
The team now will have the knowledge on how to go about fundraising and everything else in between.
Some of the team members (including myself) have already hit the pavement to go after corporate sponsorships locally.
But we are only at the beginning. The sigh of relief was collectively felt and heard this afternoon when the news finally came that the necessary papers were signed, and now we are dealing with our own chapter.
We still will remain the Austin Blades. But are ARE with/under STARSkaters.
And a few of us are still hopeful to go to Boston in 2014 in order to play in the national tournament. The Austin Blades at this point have no idea just how much or what kind of help we will be receiving (if any) from STARSkaters on this matter. And a few of us still believe that its not the right thing to do to just suck on the backs of the program. So we are still attempting to get things rolling here locally on our own.
I have my own fundraising campaign specifically to get to this tournament in Boston. Along with another teammate, the two of us are going strong to raise funds by donations. With YOUR HELP, we can achieve this dream and go for the gold!!!
Even though the tournament isn’t until next year, we only have until the end of January 2014 to “Get-R-Done” so to speak.
We’ve reached 8.9% of our total goal for the both of us to be able to go in a month. And we’re super excited about that. But we’ve got a long ways to go.
PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING WHAT YOU CAN TODAY!!!
Every little drop will help, believe me!! And for those of you who are reading and have already donated, we honestly thank you from the bottom of our asses, because they are both larger than our hearts. If by chance that you are able to, please consider donating again.
And don’t forget about the wonderful FREE incentives that go along with this fundraising effort.
Together with the donations, and now being a chapter of STARSkaters, we can make our goals.
My personal goals in the sport can actually have a light at the end of the tunnel without it being a freight train. Gold at the end of the rainbow.
I can’t wait for the beginning of the 2013-14 season. Its going to be so wonderful.