Being a retired NCAA college athlete, I thought my days of athletic comradery were over. There was something about having a group of people with a similar interest getting together to achieve a goal and enjoy ourselves while doing it that I knew I was going to miss.
But after participating in the Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer event alongside my Active International teammates last Saturday, I can proudly say that I was wrong.
When I joined the Active Canada team as a Media Assistant in May of this year, I knew there was something special about the culture - but I wasn’t expecting to feel so at home, so quickly. On my first day at Active I was invited to join the company’s Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer team. I was told that there was a fundraising goal set, it would be a fun day, and it was for a good cause – how could I have said no?
This was a charity that supports a cause that was near and dear to my heart. Having lost a very dear friend this year to cancer, I was determined to do all I could to reach my personal fundraising goal – as was every other member of the Active team. We held raffles, silent auction, and utilized our company charity matching program.
We even had one of our very own team members go semi-Facebook viral while hosting a makeup party in efforts to raise as much as we could for the cause. After months of collectively fundraising, Active Canada could proudly show up to ‘game day’ touting a total of 44K raised to help conquer cancer. For us at Active it was ‘#GameOnCancer’ well before the puck dropped on Saturday.
On the morning of Saturday, September 23rd, it was very apparent to me that we were a part of something much bigger than I ever expected. As a team we at Active were a part of two world records, one being the colossal 2.6 Million raised to help conquer cancer.
Being a part of this tournament was almost indescribable. As a team we spent the day as colleagues, but also friends, and teammates, who were collectively there to have fun, enjoy a truly Canadian pastime, but most importantly we were there to support, honor and remember all who have been affected by cancer.
My experience at the Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer tournament parallels my overall experience in my first 5 months at Active. I have had so much fun, met so many amazing people, and have been a part of a really fulfilling experience.