Want to Buy Youth Soccer Raffle Tickets? Win Philly Union Tickets!

cysaThe following is a plea/sales pitch to help out our local youth soccer club with a raffle fundraiser. I am a fellow youth soccer coach and the individual managing our first raffle (among other hats I wear on our board of directors.) I am also a member of the Sons of Ben (Philadelphia Union supporters group) and American Outlaws (USA supporters group).

Curse this damn weather! We are a few days into the spring season and a lot of our Catasauqua Youth Soccer Association (CYSA) teams have not had the opportunity to take the field for practice. Our first weekend of league play is just two weekends away. Luckily my U8 Boys’ team has been playing in an indoor league over the winter and we have the oppurtunity to use our school district’s gyms for weekly practices.

Not only does the spring weather and its uncertainty and lack of time mess with our practice schedules but now is screwing up a project that CYSA has me running. The project is running a raffle ticket sale to help finance and promote our youth partnership with the Philadelphia Union which I also orchestrated and administer. The setting up and prepping for the raffle was easy the part. The hard part I am dealing with is getting all the teams tickets and enough time to sell tickets before our April 11th drawing at the Blue Monkey Sports Restaurant in Catasauqua, PA. (A portion of the food sales from that night will go to CYSA, which is another fundraiser I lined up for the spring.) I’m concerned that CYSA won’t have enough time to sell my original low target goal to make this a successful fundraiser to try and do annually. I am hoping that any money earned from this raffle will help us buy new goals and nets and fix a lot of our playing fields and hopefully cover some tournament costs for our kids.

My U8 boys and their parents are doing a great job selling tickets so far as they help me make this a huge hit. They also have an incentive to be the team that sells the most raffle tickets which I will cover next. While my team hits the street I want to hit the “social media” streets and hit up my fellow soccer fans and members of the Sons of Ben.

Who wants to buy a raffle ticket or two from my U8 Boys? Tickets are $5 a piece. Prizes include a handful of $100 cash prizes, local gift certificates, and the huge prize to soccer fans is 4 pack of sideline tickets to 13 different Philadelphia Union games in Section 111 Row K. (Four of these packs of tickets will include the season ticket holder scarves.) A full list of prizes can be found on www.cattysoccer.org. I can take Paypal payments to fill out the raffle tickets. If you send Paypal, please make sure that you send it as a personal gift when choosing why you are sending money. They can be sent to eddie@forstoffer.com and please include your name, address, email address, and phone number. I will reply back to you with your ticket number(s) and can send you a picture of the filled out stubs per your request. I can also give you my mailing address if you prefer to send me a check written out to CYSA. If you are local to Catasauqua drop me an email to meet locally or you can come out to the Blue Monkey on March 26th and cheer me on in the ESPN Radio Wing Eating Competition. I’m also going to try and get out to watch the March 30th Union match with local Sons of Ben members at one of our local watering holes and will have tickets on me.

What is my team’s incentive? The team that sells the most tickets will win a group outing to take the team and our entire families to a Philadelphia Union game. The kids will also get to sit on the Union’s bench during pregame warm-ups. My kids all want to win and they deserve to win for all the hard work they have put in with me. These kids started playing three seasons a year with me and they practice over the summer. They attend soccer camps on their down time and I got a few of them hooked on watching games on TV. I am about to start a new chapter in their careers by taking them into a travel league this fall. I think kicking it off with a huge group outing like this would be something the kids of Catty Crue will never forget.

Goals/Gameplan for 2013

135149571435cxJLHere we go again. It’s a new year and it’s time to post up my list of goals to do this year. These aren’t resolutions because resolutions never last. I will probably break a resolution by the time I am done typing this post. This is also not meant to boast because I think I am far off from others on being able to boast. I am just throwing these items out there into the blogosphere to create some sort of accountability that I need to accomplish more than half of the items below. I feel better about myself when I can physically see items being crossed off of my list. Sure, I can easily keep all my goals in my head but it is not the same.

It is not specific but the items towards the top of the list are more important to me than ones towards the bottom. They all carry some weight in the grand scheme of things but I would rather take my kids camping than replacing all the light switches and outlets in the house. Scratch that. I’m not going to waste any brain cycles on prioritizing them.

So without further ado, here is the 2013 goals:

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Year 2012 is Coming to an End

We are almost 2 weeks away from closing out this year but only 6 days away from the end of the world. We will see if the ancient predictions hold any truth. I highly doubt it so we all might as well go out and finish Christmas shopping and think of the year to come. I’m hoping my 2013 will be the year of the reboot. This year was not one of my better years but I can’t sign off on it as being the worst. One of the things I learned through my ongoing Tao readings is change or the threat of change allows our life not to be stagnant. No one wants to drink from the cup of life if it contains stagnant Koolaid. Externally things could always be better but internally I learned a lot about myself and I hope to continue down that path.

I don’t want to drone on and on in this specific post but I just want to quickly chronicle how I progressed through my goals I set at the beginning of the year. Not for the world to see but for myself in case I go senile and need to remember what it is I did for my life.

-Stay well under 200lbs. [Optional goal is 180lbs.] (This has been my goal for the last couple of years and been successful.) Completed as well as the optional kicker. Somehow I dropped almost 40 lbs.
-Complete 2 certifications for work. Fail! I’m dropping this for 2013 because I don’t want to feel forced to care about work.
-Play more disc golf.  Sure I would love to play more but I think I got out more than previous years.
-Disc golf in 2 new states.  I try to do a new one a year and missed 2011. I failed to do 2 but I did play in Maryland so I’m counting it.
-Go fishing with the kids more. Fail! I went fishing in NY but nothing local that I could take the kids to.
-Take the kids camping. The boys and I had a great time after the quick storm we had setting up our tent. Can’t wait to do it again in 2013.
-Get all the rooms on the first floor painted. Only the hallway and kitchen remain.
-Insulate 2 of the 3 crawlspaces. Didn’t even hit the planning stages.
-Replace the ceiling fan. Not only replaced the old one but added one to the dining room.
-Replace the garbage disposal. After some bloody knuckles and Jaegermeister, this was done.
-Replace all electrical outlets and light switches. Only the second floor was partially completed.
-Expand the garden and hook up a rain barrel system. Garden was expanded and I have the design plans and the barrel so I am counting it.
-Build a compost pile. Maybe 2013.
-Decommission one of my servers. This should be done around the start of January so I’m on track at removing this from my plate of worries.
-Write 12 blog posts to this blog or any reincarnated form. (Actually 11 if you count this one.) Nailed this early in the year when I started writing game reviews for Boardgamegeek.com regarding boardgames on IOS devices. However I did drop off their radar without a notice. I feel bad and might try to repair that relationship.
-Hook up a surround sound system in family room. Does buying a Surround sound 5.1 Turtle Beach headset for my Xbox 360 count? Didn’t think so.
-Earn Xbox Gamerscore of 13500. Actually one of the failed goals that I’m glad I didn’t hit. That just means I spent less time this year playing video games. I’m currently at 11151. So I was way off my goal. I’m glad I didn’t go with my original 15000 mark.
-Read 10 books. I should hit 15 by the end of the year.
-Learn a new geeky/nerdish trait or skill. Well, I wouldn’t say I mastered editing documents using vi but I am better at it than I was before.

Sure that only works out to be a 50% completion rate but it is better than a ‘I gave up on January 2nd’ completion rate. Now to adjust some of my ongoing goals and add some new ones in there.