Precision Fitness is hosting a Turkey Tourney to benefit the St. Michael’s Girls Basketball team.
On Saturday, Nov. 17, at 3 p.m. at Precision Fitness in Pawcatuck, teams of five will compete on five stations eliminating teams in a similar fashion to the NCAA March Madness Tournament. Not all of the stations are physical, but they are a secret until the event. The cost to register is $50 a team and $150 for a business sponsorship. To pre-register for the event, visit the Precision Fitness website or contact Precision Fitness at 401-489-0551.
The fundraiser will help the St. Michael’s Girls Basketball team pay for expenses including practice and game equipment, uniforms and warm-ups, transportation fees, referee and tournament fees, awards banquet and trophies.
The team, consisting of about twenty girls in grades five through eight has their first practice of the season on Nov. 15 and plays through March. But since September, the team has been attending strength-training classes twice a week at Precision Fitness, which is in walking distance to St. Michael’s.
“It’s a great group of girls, hard workers, lots of opportunity for programmatic development,” Coach Kirsten Elenteny said.
Elenteny mentioned to Precision Fitness’s Todd Cambio that she was thinking of organizing a fundraiser to help cover the team’s expenses. The team is self-funded and Cambio decided to get invovled to help.
“I have a passion for sports and feel that kids should get the opportunity to play,” Cambio wrote on his blog about the fundraiser. “Sports build character, strong minds and strong bodies. Sports also teach kids to keep fighting when the chips are down. Let's face it, you can't win every game, match or race.”
The girls will also be at the fundraiser selling waters, Gatorade, t-shirts and competing in the event. There will be awards for the best-dressed team, youngest cumulative age team, and most senior cumulative age team. And Mel's Downtown Creamery is offering 20 percent off all sales during the fundraiser go to the girls basketball team.
“It is going to be a fun day,” Elenteny said.