Move your body more, feel better. It’s a fact. It’s part of the reason why we pursue our individual sports, whether we cycle, run, ski, bowl, or just do push-ups as part of our morning routine. Athletes can testify as to the benefits of physical activity. Medical science proves it, and doctors recommend it. But the main thing? It’s fun.
However, it is possible to have a lot of fun and still be productive and helpful. That’s where Camp Sunshine and Relay for Life come in, with these two events for a cause on Saturday the 4th.
First, it’s the Camp Sunshine Portland Polar Dip, at the East End Beach, at 1:00 p.m. Camp Sunshine is an award-winning family retreat on the shores of Sebago Lake, specifically for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. At this event, the goal is to raise $15,000.00 to send six families to relax and commune together in a difficult time. The sporting part is, the way to help raise this money is to get a few friends to pledge, and run into the frigid waters of Casco Bay. Trust us, it’s a great way to get your heart rate up. The Portland dip is part of a larger “Freezin’ for a Reason” campaign to raise $350,000.00 in total, with nine dips across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. So get your water shoes and join in! RSVP online at www.freezinforareason.com (click on the Portland Polar Dip).
Or, try something that’s a little less of a shock to the system and a little more social, namely the 2017 Relay For Life of Greater Portland Kickoff, at The Rink at Thompson’s Point, at 1:30 p.m. The Relay for Life has been raising money to help fight cancer for years, and the idea here is to have registered online at www.relayforlife.org/greaterportlandme and go to this kickoff for some energizing fun. There will be ice skating, snow tubing, and hot chocolate. Families are welcome. The first 20 people to register will get a free tubing session or a free ice skating (with skate rental) session. And everybody will be able to pick up their team captain packets, chat with the event leadership team about changes to the Relay for Life for this year, and bond with fellow relayers before the big day in May. Lifelong friendships have begun at kickoffs.
As a responsible, productive member of society and an athlete, you owe it to yourself.