As the final countdown approaches, the SpringSmash team has been working hard to host events and raise funds in support of Jumpstart Charities.
It all started with an interhouse Easter Egg Toss competition after the April kick-off. Winners received Tim Horton’s gift cards. After just one week, the SpringSmash organizing committee was off to a great start having raised $7,000.
During week 2, they hosted the 3-point contest. With a beautiful day in the books, the committee took the tournament to the outdoor basketball courts. Victor Xie left with bragging rights and a Tim Hortons gift card. At the close of the week, the boys had raised over $12,000 in support of Jumpstart, halfway to their $25,000 fundraising goal.
Week 4 saw the group put together a student vs. teacher dodgeball tournament on the Mac House triangle that Vince Vaughan and Ben Stiller would have been proud to participate in! The students took the title with a 3-2 win. By the end of week 4, the boys had raised over $20,000 and by week 5, more than $26,000 with the decision to increase their goal to $30,000 going into week 6.
Concluding their mini-series was the student vs. staff relay Thursday afternoon. It was an exciting match-up with students, faculty, and staff crowding the sidelines of the Yuill Field to cheer on their teams. The obstacles consisted of a 400M run, a 40-yard sled push, lacrosse and soccer shootouts, and a blizzard-eating contest. At the conclusion of the week, an incredible $35,000 had been raised.
The boys also sold SpringSmash SWAG with all profits going to their fundraising goal.
The School will closeout SpringSmash on Monday, May 29 with a fun-filled day of sporting activities including basketball, flag football, road hockey, soccer, tchoukball, and ultimate Frisbee, along with other activities such as a mechanical bull and zorb balls.
If you haven’t already donated to the SpringSmash initiative, you can make a secure online donation here. The grade 12 McEwen Leadership students have so far raised more than $36,000. Jumpstart provides local children the opportunity to participate in sports they otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford. After seven years running this event, students have raised a whopping $130,000 in support of local youth.
Story by Nicolette Fleming