November 26, 2012 by Charlie Eisenhood in News with 1 comments
Over the next few weeks, communities around the US will be hosting hat tournaments as part of the Ultimate Gift tournament series, gathering large donations of toys and games for the Toys for Tots Foundation. The Ultimate Gift series, created by SAVAGE Ultimate, an apparel company, and co-run by TopScore, a content management system for Ultimate leagues, started in 2011 with a small collection of tournaments.
“The goal, for this year, is to have close to 20 locations across the country that are all hosting a tournament in the Ultimate Gift Tournament Series,” said Todd Curran, owner of SAVAGE Ultimate and the founder of the UGTS. “Toys for Tots is my favorite charity. You give them a toy, and then the toy is given to a child. You’re always giving exactly what they will be receiving. You actually see where it goes.”
The Ultimate Gift website already lists 13 cities with an affiliated tournament, ranging from Tampa to Kansas City to Sacramento. Each tournament carries a $10 fee to cover field rentals and other tournament costs and a toy donation, which goes to the local TFT organization.
Curran has ambitious plans for the series, which he hopes to expand to more cities each year. “This year’s kind of like the beta version and we’re trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t work,” he said. “Our goal is to have every ultimate community hosting a tournament.”
Washington, D.C. hosted the first tournament of the series over the weekend; the other events are open for registration and will be taking place in the coming weeks. If your community hosts or would like to host a winter hat tournament and wants to get involved, contact Curran at the Ultimate Gift website.