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Spirit: In real life

BY DEREK MARCOTTE For me, Spirit is what sets Ultimate apart from all other sports. Spirit

is rooted in altruism: to put others’ enjoyment of the game before any temporary benefit you can give yourself. To my knowledge, there is no other sport that places altruism at the core of its rules - or any vir- tue for that matter! It is no surprise then, that a quick survey of the tournaments listed

on the Canadian Ultimate website shows at least 45% of tournaments held in Ontario have a charity component, if not dedicated entirely to charity. That’s not to say that Ontario is special - just that there are a lot of tournaments to cover! I think it’s safe to assume that this number is representative of our nation as a whole. For the past three years, Durham Ultimate Club (DUC) has been hosting its annual

Storm The Beach charity tournament on beautiful Cobourg beach in Ontario. Not only is it a great way to get more Ultimate in our short Canadian season, but it also gives us the opportunity to build lasting inter-league camaraderie, and to share The Spirit of the Game with our community. Participants in the past have joined from across southern Ontario, with teams from Durham, Toronto, Peterborough, Belleville, and Niagara - but we’d be happy to see representation from anywhere. Since its beginning, with all of the proceeds of the tournament going to charity, Storm

the Beach participants have raised over $4500. We’ve supported: Participation House of Durham Region, SickKids and North York General Hospital, and Right to Play. This year,

while we are now limited by space to accept more teams, we are striving to continue to grow our impact in our community. As part of registration/sign-in, we’re asking teams to bring an optional canned food donation that will support The Northumberland Fare Share Food Bank. In addition, we’re looking to partner with local and Ultimate- community businesses, to help us create the best Storm The Beach tournament to date - for our participants, and the charities! In the end, it’s all about Spirit. So, the next time you go to Gender Blender, you can take comfort in the fact that participating is, in fact, virtuous. For more infor- mation about the history of Storm The Beach, pictures from past years, current information and registration, or to contact us, please visit

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