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I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came out and participated in yesterday’s Sports Day event. This was a very hard week. First, the Rock ‘n’ Row Dragon Boat Festival was cancelled by City Hall. Then, tragedy struck our community when we lost our friend, Jean-Marc Lalonde in a traffic accident.

But everyone rallied together to support T-Hope, and to help JM’s family. Not only did we have a fantastic afternoon at the Sports Day (the rain cleared off pretty much exactly for the start of the event), but we raised 2.8 million won. Your generosity and support mean a lot. (If you were unable to join us, and would like to contribute, please check out the online fundraiser, or make a donation at JJ’s, Cima, Sticky Fingers or the Royal Anchor).

This event could not have happened without the generous sponsorship of Dan Gauthier and T-Hope, Patrick Robbins and JJ’s Bar, Al Michieli and Cima Bar, Mr. Kim and the Royal AnchorOMK Bicycles, the Ulsan Parent’s Club, Jason Teale Photography, and London Tea. We couldn’t have organized this without the expert planning of Meg Sheppard, the continued ideas and support of Dylan Falcone, and the wonderful volunteers who stepped up to sell food and raffle tickets, hand out beer and chili dogs, and all the other varied tasks that were needed throughout the day. If I have left anyone off the list, I sincerely apologize for the oversight; thank you to everyone who helped to make this day possible, in just a week, and to those who helped us raise funds.

At the event, Sil from Sticky Fingers also presented T-Hope with 500,000 won raised through their Monday Night Trivia for the annual T-Hope – Ulsan Orphanage Christmas Party. Thanks to everyone who participates in those Trivia Nights!

Here are some photos from the event.

Getting set up

Getting set up

Waiting for the rain to clear, and people to arrive.

Waiting for the rain to clear, and people to arrive.

 

Hula hoop race

Hula hoop race

Pass the onion ring on the peppero race

Pass the onion ring on the peppero race

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Concentration!

Concentration!

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Wheelbarrow Races!

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Which way is the finish line?
Which way is the finish line?

Pickup Soccer/Football match

Pickup Soccer/Football match

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The winning team!

The winning team!

Meg, organizer extraordinaire!

Meg, organizer extraordinaire!

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This is definitely the Ultimate game. I think.

Ulsan Massive vs Ulsan Knights – our Ultimate teams square up against each other

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It was a rainy start, but a fabulous finish - mist over Munsu

It was a rainy start, but a fabulous finish – mist over Munsu

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Ulsan Parents Club – they raised 130,000 selling lemonade and snacks, and 50,000 with homebaked treats.

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Watching the Ultimate Frisbee match

Watching the Ultimate Frisbee match

At the very end of the day, we attempted a group photo, which is a little bit like trying to herd cats. Here are three of the 10 attempts at getting everyone to look at the camera at the same time, while labs frolic in front of the group.

At the very end of the day, we attempted a group photo with the people who were still around. Here are three of the 10 attempts at getting everyone to look at the camera at the same time, while labs frolic in front of the group.

Not bad, this one!

Not bad, this one!

Well, at least that middle one had most people looking...

Well, at least we have the middle one…

So, there you have it. Thanks again to everyone who came out to support the event. It seemed like people had a really great time, and we raised money for a worthy cause.

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