Following the devastation by Hurricanes Irma & Maria, Using Sport For Social Change is proud to announce it's 9th annual "Just Play" event, scheduled for October 19th in Cruz Bay, St. John. Considering what the island has been through, we feel this year is very special for the children of St. John.
This all day event allows youth from ages 5-17 to participate in a variety of sporting events. Donations made will go towards offsetting the cost of this program as well as to continue to uplift and support the current sports programs on island by providing equipment and assistance.
Thank you to all of our wonderful supporters! This program means the world to many of the children on St. John.
By Dean Doeling | Founder: Using Sport For Social Change
Good day everyone. It is with a much sadness that Carolyn and I must announce that the 9th Annual Just Play event is postponed indefinitely due to the unfortunate circumstances of our poor little island of St. John. Hurricane Irma destroyed our beloved island as I am sure all of you know. There is another hurricane on the way and it looks to be another direct hit to St. John and neighboring islands.
We have been in touch with Celia Kalousek of the St. John Community Foundation and are coming up with options to bring back the free Just Play event for the island youth as soon as we are able, and as soon as the island is stable once again.
It has been a truly wonderful experience to bring this event to the island youth for almost 9 years in a row and we have lovely memories of each event. Our first event in 2009, it rained heavily the night before. Everyone was wondering if the event would be canceled the next day. Luckily for us, it cleared up beautifully! Here is a video from our first event:
The Just Play event has grown and changed over the past 9 years. We had 50 kids the first year and we gave out Oriental Trading plastic medals and fed the kids small portions of subway sandwiches for lunch. Fast forward 8 years later and we are entertaining over 150-200 kids and 75+ volunteers at each event! We have real trophies and real medals to give out to the participants, event T's, event water bottles, sports bags filled with free Nike product for the participants and for the past 7 years, a full hot meal has been provided by Mathayom Vacharat and his catering company St. John Catering.
During the 8 years that Using Sport For Social Change has put on this event, I have also been able to provide the schools and the Parks and Recs department of St. John with over 1000 basketballs, footballs and Soccer balls -all donated, as well as 20 new Nike softball mitts to the Ruby Rutnik Softball tournament in 2009. In 2010 we donated 58 pair of new Nike football cleats to the St. John Parks and Recs flag football team and 20 pair of new Nike baseball cleats to the Ruby Rutnik Softball tournament. Also in 2010 USFSC sent down new Nike baseball bats to the St. John Parks and Recs Department.
USFSC was a sponsor for the 1st and 2nd Annual Tortola Surf Classic in 2011 and 2012 and held an essay contest for youth of the USVI to write about how surfing could improve the lives of Virgin Islanders. Winners were selected and won an all expense paid trip to Tortola with a chaperone of their choosing. And in 2015, USFSC donated over 150 brand new Nike swimsuits to the St. John Aquatic Center.
Using Sport for Social Change could have never grown to the caliber that is has become, without the help and belief of St. John businesses and their donations over the years, and the many volunteers and parents that believed in my dream of providing a free sports day for island youth.
It is here now, that I wish to thank all of you for your support over the years. I wish I could thank you all personally but will try to list all of you here.
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Please make donations to one of these Charitable groups: The St. John Community Foundation
Update on 2017 "Just Play" event & St. John Picnic
By dean doeling | Founder- USFSC
Once again Using Sport For Social Change, in conjunction with the St. John Community Foundation and the St. John Parks and Recs Department are in the midst of planning the 9th annual Just Play Event to be held October 9th in Cruz Bay, St. John. As always, the event is free for anyone 5-17 years of age. Of course, we can always use volunteers to!
On another note, the planning of the 1st annual St. John Picnic is still underway. To be held in October of 2018, in conjunction with the 10th annual Just Play event. THE ST. JOHN PICNIC is looking for local food and craft vendors, local entertainment of all kinds, youth ensembles, historical speakers and local musicians. We are also seeking sponsorships from businesses who are interested in being the official sponsor of this event.
Sponsorship opportunities for the 1st Annual "St. John Picnic". A day for families of St. John to gather together up at Estate Susannaberg with their picnic lunch and enjoy entertainment from the island such as musical acts, children’s dance groups and choirs, games for the whole family, food and local craft booths, etc. Not to mention the beautiful scenery.
In conjunction with the St. John Community Foundation, and the St. John Parks and Rec Department, We are currently seeking sponsors for this annual event to be held in October, 2018, from 11:30am-4:30pm. Below are the details concerning this year’s sponsorship levels: • $5,000- Official Sponsor: Your company logo to appear on all advertising materials and listed as “The Official Sponsor” • $2,000 - Gold Medal: Your company name and logo in large print on all advertising materials • $1,000 - Silver Medal: Your company name and logo in medium print on all advertising materials • $500 - Bronze Medal: Your company name (only) in small print on all advertising materials
If your organization would like to participate in tthis first annual event as a sponsor, please contact me with the amount of your donation. Please know that the St. John Community Foundation is a 501c3 non profit organization and our fiscal agent.
Thank you for your time and consideration. Sincerely, Dean Doeling Carolyn Eaton Founder: Using Sport For Social Change Email: email@example.com
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