“I have a competition in me.”
“There will be Blood”
Last Saturday, I was one of a team of twelve women dubbed “The Leading Ladies” who competed in our first MUDD Volleyball Tournament benefitting the Community Free Clinic in Hagerstown. Our group consisted of Leadership Washington County female alumna who had a pension for a fun challenge.
Now that I officially have the experience under my belt, I’d like to share some brief advice should you decide to participate in the most fun charity event I’ve ever attended!
1. There will be mud! If you are at all squeamish about getting mud in your eyes, in your mouth, or any other part of your anatomy, you should probably stick to selling pizzas or other “cleaner” and more “refined” forms of fundraising. There comes a point in every grown adult’s life when the longing to be a carefree child becomes so strong that diving, rolling, or dragging others into the mud seems like an appropriate way to recapture your youth. When the urge hits, you owe it to that six-year-old inside to answer the call.
2. You MUST earn VIP status. Work hard to achieve it. VIP does not refer to your level of athletic ability, rather your ability to fundraise. Remember, the event supports the Free Clinic and goes a long way to assist the uninsured needing medical care. They’re worth it. It’s easy to do, and the benefits are worth it.
First, VIP status earns you free pizza. HELLO! How often do free meals come along these days? Secondly, it earns you parking space in close proximity to the event, your own personal errand boy to run for more food if you need it. Are you seeing the pattern here? With all the energy you save from not having to walk a distance from parking or for any of your errands, you can tear it up on the court. In theory! 🙂
3. What you lack in athletic prowess, you can easily make up for with cool dance moves. OK… so our volleyball performance did not exactly net us a high win record but the Leading Ladies still know how to shake their groove thing. The DJ provided an entire day of great music and it would have been rude not to acknowledge it, right? At one point, as we waited for our opponents to serve the ball, we jumped and fist pumped in perfect syncopation to Black Eyed Pea’s “Tonight’s Gonna Be a Good Night!” Before you start rolling your eyes, why don’t YOU try doing that while the suction between your duct taped shoes and the twelve inches of mud tries to pull you down! The euphoria from a volleyball win is temporary but you can get years of enjoyment from cool dance party moves!
4. It ain’t over till it’s over! We didn’t fare well against our first three opponents but we rallied in our last match against the Roller Derby team. You’re probably thinking the same thing I thought when I saw we were slated to play a team who is known for kickin’ butt and taking names. Flashback: Elementary school dodgeball. Mean kids. It didn’t end well.
I was scared. When the time finally came to face our most feared competitor, I was pleasantly surprised. They were fun, funny, and an all-round great group of young people. In the spirit of Rocky Balboa who would have been proud, the Leading Ladies finally eeked out two wins from the entire day’s round of twelve games. However, rumor has it that the Roller Derby team spent a fair amount of team-bonding time at the beer tent. Hey! A win is a win and we’ll take it any way we can!
And, as far as next year……
We’ll be back!