An event scheduled for next month came to be as a vision to bring the community together through sportsmanship, while raising funds for students, educators and teachers through a Hurricane Ian relief fund.
“As a teacher at The Sanibel School, I have been blessed with the outpouring of support from our community and strangers near and far,” tournament coordinator Joe Camputaro said. “I felt that it would be nice to pay it forward and serve as a goodwill ambassador, similar to a program that I have implemented with my fifth-grade students at our school titled, Blueberry Ambassadors.”
A 2021 Golden Apple recipient, Camputaro is an advocate of the work that the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools Chief Executive Officer and President Marshall Bower does for the students and educators of the county.
“I have also served as league coordinator for various adult intramural leagues through the school district’s employee wellness program. When I returned home from evacuating the hurricane, I shared my vision with employee wellness and the foundation. Both were incredibly supportive and let me run with the ball, so to speak, to organize this tournament. Since its inception, many individuals from the foundation and the school district, including full support and endorsement of district leadership, have made this possible,” he said.
The Hurricane Ian Relief Flag Football Tournament will be held on Dec. 3 at 8 a.m. at Dunbar High School, at 3800 Edison Ave., Fort Myers. Participation is $10 per person and will go toward the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools Hurricane Ian Relief Fund. Those interested must register by Dec. 1 at 11:50 p.m. by visiting https://playpass.com/HurricaneIanFlagFootballFundraiser.
Additional donations are encouraged, but not required.
“There is no max number for registration. The tournament will be 7v7 adult only — 18-plus years or older — to play. There is a men’s division and a co-ed division. Teams can have as many players on their roster as they wish, however, only seven players can be on the field for their respective team during the game,” Camputaro said.
He said the event would not be possible without the incredible support of the School District of Lee County, the foundation and those who are volunteering for the tournament.
“In order to ensure all funds go directly to the Hurricane Ian Relief Fund, myself, our officials and anyone else who is helping us on the third are volunteering their time to bring our community closer and support our amazing school district employees and families,” Camputaro said.
To make donate to the fundraiser, scan the QR Code or visit https://thefoundationforleecountypublicschools.networkforgood.com/projects/172840-flag-football-hurricane-ian-relief-fundraiser.
For more information, visit https://playpass.com/HurricaneIanFlagFootballFundraiser.