The 1st Annual Madden DeLuca Memorial Tournament was, in our eyes a huge success.
A total of 33 teams and 20 individual U6 players registered in the tournament for a total of 250+ participants. The weekend ran smoothly and the weather was beautiful.
CTV was kind enough to have us as guests on their morning news show prior to the tournament and they even stopped by over the weekend to check out the tournament.
To top off the weekend we raised just shy of $11,000 for our foundation. The money will be used to support families of children fighting to survive at the Stollery Children's Hospital through programs like: in-hospital family photos, sporting event tickets, Madden's memory bags, catered lunches etc.
A few of the weekend highlights:
Rocky and I being presented a check from a U10 SWU girls teams who had a lemonade stand to raise money for our foundation. An incredibly touching and thoughtful gesture from a group of amazing girls.
Receiving blue roses from the U12 Drillers boys team (and a few additional special people) Rocky coaches and our the team our oldest son plays on. This was incredibly emotional as blue roses are one of our symbols for Madden and arevery special to us.
An email I received from a mother of one of the players letting us know that they had their daughter read our story prior to the tournament so she knew why she was playing. Then asked her to think of Madden before she played every game. This particularly made my heart smile.
All the "MADDEN" cheers before games. I loved that so many teams truly played with our son in their heart.
Seeing all of the teams wearing the tournament jerseys with our son’s name on them.
Check out pictures from the weekend on our website here. If you have any additional pictures to add, please email them to us at [email protected].
A huge thank you goes out to every coach, parent and player that made this tournament a success. We truly hope youenjoyed yourself and we look forward to seeing you back next year!
Another huge thank you goes out to every single person, volunteer, group and organization that contributed to this event to make it possible. We are so fortunate to be surrounded by amazing, giving and compassionate people. This event would not have been possible without you!
A few lost and found items were found on the weekend:
Please contact me to pick them up.
The Madden DeLuca FoundationThank you again for helping us make this tournament a great success and for helping us honor our son's life.