Years ago, the JCC hosted a kickball tournament, Kicking for Kids, to support various programs at the JCC. After a short hiatus, Kicking for Kids returned reimagined as a footgolf tournament. This year, the event supported youth scholarships for the 2019 JCC Maccabi Games® & ArtsFest®.
Sports Director Neal Alsop teamed up with Timberlane Country Club to host the tournament, which took place on Sunday, January 27. A total of nine four-person teams competed for the title of Kicking for Kids champion.
“We were so excited to bring back this event with a new twist,” Alsop said. “Thanks to all of the players who participated and helped raise money for our youth athletes.”
With a final score of 51, the winning team aptly named "Kick Kick Kick Kick Boom Dynamite" included Greer Prather, Adam Loftin, Alex Ramirez and Brian Schwartz. In second place with a score of 52 was the team “This kicks for you," including our own Kathleen Kennair and Marianne Doyle, also joined by Josh Tolbert and Joshua Alt.
In addition to the footgolf competition, all participants had a chance to win one of two giveaways. Adam Loftin, a member of the winning team, won a signed 2017 New Orleans Saints football. Louis Schneider went home with a brand new set of golf clubs.
Kicking for Kids would not have been possible without the support of our partners and sponsors. Special thanks to Goldbergs Fine Foods for fueling our teams with bagels and schmear for breakfast and to Reginelli’s Pizzeria for the post-tournament lunch. Additional hole sponsors included Third Coast Soccer, Elite Promotions & Marketing, FreeGulliver LLC, K. Miller Gem & Jewelry Brokerage, Abbott's Frozen Custard, and BBYO.
In total, Kicking for Kids raised more than $2K, which will be used to help send Jewish teens to the 2019 Maccabi Games® & ArtsFest®, hosted this year in Detroit. For more information about the Maccabi Games visit maccabidetroit2019.com. To learn more about participating, contact Sports Director Neal Alsop.