Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
March Madness is right around the corner and many of you will be glued to the warm glow of the television during this glorious tournament. In fact, many of you may join various pools and brackets to make the tournament a bit more interesting in your eyes. Why not join a charity tournament, one that will not only make the tournament more intriguing, but also helps find a cure for breast cancer through the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure foundation.
This year I will be hosting a charity bracket pool on CBS Sportsline. The site does all of the heavy lifting and only takes a couple of minutes for you to sign up for an account. So here are the rules:
- Entry fee is $10 – a paltry amount for the enjoyment you will gain…and remember, it all goes towards a great cause.
- 50% of the proceeds will go directly to the charity, while the other 50% will be used to pay off the overall bracket winner. This amount will increase as more players sign up, so please don’t hesitate to pass this around to friends, family, and coworkers. There is no limit who can sign up…the more the merrier.
- It is extremely easy to sign up, simply point your browser to: http://the3day.mayhem.cbssports.com/e
- Once you are registered on CBS Sportsline, the bracket does require a password: charity
- At this point you are registered and once the brackets become available, just pick who you think will win each game in the tournament. The system will handle the scoring and determine the winner via the scores.
Again, this is for a GREAT cause and the entry fee for the pool is only $10.
For questions or more information, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Payments can be made in cash, via PayPal, or directly to my 3-Day site (tax-deductible) if you prefer an electronic method.
Friday, February 25, 2011
Prior to walking in 2010, I wasn’t exactly sure what it meant to be a 3-Day Man. Sure, I knew I would be walking 60 miles in 3 days, camping in a pink tent, and taking showers in the back of semis, however, I was still a bit oblivious to what it would actually look like on game day. As a male 3-Day walker who wants more men to come join, lets unveil exactly what it means to be a man during this grand event.
First and foremost, you must get over any embarrassment you have by wearing pink. Granted, you don’t have to wear pink, but you’ll be surrounded by 2,800 other (at least in the Dallas/Fort Worth adventure) bubbly, energetic women all wearing hot pink outfits and you’d probably feel a bit out of place wearing anything else. So drop your pride and call it Salmon if it makes you feel better. Just remember why you are walking, it is not to make a fashion statement, but to honor and love those that have come before us, are here with us now, and those that are yet to be diagnosed.
Second, you will be part of the minority. Expect a lot of extra attention because of this fact. If you are a wallflower, this walk will provide you with all of the extra attention you’ve ever wanted. Enjoy the attention as you pass countless number of people in the cheering stations, thanking you for walking. However, as mentioned earlier, be humble and remember the real reasons you are on the walk.
Third, it is ok to cry. If you don’t tear up walking past these cheering stations, than I don’t know what to say. Granted, I have no problem showing my emotions, however, when you walk through these crowds and you see little kids holding signs letting you know that their Mommy is their hero, my heart just swells up. Don’t be ashamed to show your emotions on the walk…share your experience and reasons for walking with your fellow walkers and listen to theirs. It is an opportunity of a lifetime!
Finally, just enjoy the experience. Yes, you WILL be called on stage to dance as a man. Yes, you WILL make a fool of yourself, unless you are part of the 1% of men that can dance to fast music (I am not a part of that select crowd). Yes, you WILL end up on someone’s Facebook page. But you know what? In the end, it is all about spreading the word and getting more people involved in helping to find a cure for breast cancer.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I am a 2011 Susan G. Komen for the Cure Ambassador and am here to help you along your journey. Let me know how I can help you!
You can help support my 2011 walk with a tax-free donation.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Monday, January 31, 2011
If you wish to make a tax deductible donation directly without playing, please visit the following site: www.the3day.org/goto/the3dayman
How to play
- Random numbers (0-9) are assigned to each axis the grid (hidden until start of the game).
- A winner is determined at the end of each quarter based on the last digit of the score.
- Squares cost $5 each (pick up to 10 )
- Prize distribution (Up to $200 total –Half of the proceeds are going to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure):
- 1st Quarter 25%: Up to $62.50
- 2nd Quarter 25%: Up to $62.50
- 3rd Quarter 25%: Up to $62.50
- 4th Quarter 25%: Up to $62.50
- Easiest way to pay is to PayPal my account: firstname.lastname@example.org for the number of squares you desire. In the comments, please place the numbers of the squares you will be picking to ensure I have an accurate count. This is on the honor system.
- For locals, I will accept cash/check donations.
- Half of the proceeds will go directly to the Susan G. Komen 3 Day for the Cure to aid me in my fundraising goal of $2300.00
- Secret Code: 3day
- Game ID: 5361 if you are already registered.
Monday, January 17, 2011
As I look back on 2010, one of the memories that I hold dear is the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure. The thought of walking honestly started in 2009. I was driving in my car, listening to the radio when an ad played (and continued to play for the next few weeks) talking about the 3-Day. I thought wow that would be a neat goal to work towards. Not only would it get me off of my couch, it would also allow me to do something to give back to those that have given so much of their lives to my upbringing (my mom). So needless to say, nothing happened (in terms of the 3-Day in ’09)…the thought quickly faded and the walk went on without me, as it had for many years previous to that moment.
In 2010, the ad once again came on as I was driving to work. This time, it struck a chord…knowing that I was so lazy in the past; I wanted to act quick before the fire faded. I signed up for a getting started meeting and quickly became enamored with the idea of walking for my mom. I still had some selfish ambition to get off the couch mind you, but this time, I really wanted to say thanks for all of the time, love, blood, sweat, and tears my mom poured into my upbringing. She did a fabulous job, but please don’t tell her that, it might go to her head.
As I left the getting started meeting, I was on fire…but quickly thought, how in the world am I ever going to raise $2300.00?! I have never fundraised in the past, nor do I know a lot of people that I felt comfortable enough asking for their hard earned money. Everyone said that this was easier than expected and the walk was the hard part…yeah right. So in 2010, I started simple and non-obtrusive; email. I was blown away by the response. I honestly never believed that I would get the response I got. A lot of people responded to my initial email blasts with donations! The generosity was amazing,
While I reached my goal in 2010 of raising $2300.00, the one thing that I was a bit one-sided on was the reason for these donations. Why were people donating the money they donated? I decided in 2011, the one thing that I wanted to know is the reason for the individual’s donation and honor that during my walk. Is it for a loved one, a friend, a relative, themselves, or just because they want to help? These reasons are the reasons I walk and I don’t want them to be lost in the donation. I want to honor that this year in my 2011 walk, so as you consider donating, please think of the person(s) that have impacted your life and let me know the reason.
Upon the donation, I will add them to my Web site for a constant reminder, as well as to a special cape that will be worn ALL 60 miles of my journey, Thank you for your sacrifice, as every dollar counts!