Fourteen teams competed on March 9 in the first ever Play for a Purposekickball tournament hosted by Rotary Mid-Isle St. Croix, and sponsored by the Leatherback Brewing Company. “This is one of our fundraisers, and it’s a kickball tournament,”said Rotary Mid-Isle president Joe Caruso. “Our club’s never held one of these before so it’s going to be our first annual and we’re excited about it.”
The all-day competition was fierce, but fun, and all for a good cause. According to Caruso, the kickball fundraiser will support the education initiatives of the Rotary club. “One of the reasons why we do fundraising is that we do so many good things, not only on St. Croix, but in the world,” continued Caruso, “and the monies raised for this event will go towards our scholarships right here on island.”
According to Caruso, Saturday’s event provided several revenue streams. Each team paid an entrance fee of $120, Rotary members hosted a silent auction, and they also manned a small bar. In addition, the Leatherback brewery said they would donate one dollar from every beer sold, back to the Rotary club.
St. Croix’s Rotary Mid-Isle club is one of several Rotary groups on island, providing support for many people or groups in need. It lines up with Rotary’s international mission of “service above self”, and two upcoming service projects include purchasing and installing outdoor benches for the senior citizens at the Herbert Grigg Home for the Aged. Rotary Mid Isle will also purchase and install a new sign. Another annual project includes funding a student exchange trip for three senior high students to visit and experience being on a college campus.
Caruso said while it’s not always easy being a Rotarian, it’s worth it if you can impact people’s lives in a positive way. “There’s a lot of stuff involved, you have to get out and do things, but I’ll tell you it just makes you feel good and that’s why you’re a Rotarian, because you’re doing such good things.”