Sure, the Olympic lineup in Rio may be getting a lot of air time recently (will Michael Phelps earn the redemption he’s after? Will Simone Biles land the full-twisting double layout in her floor routine? And, for the love of God, will any of these athletes actually eat the McDonald’s chicken nuggets they endorse on TV?!), but there’s another roster of events you’re going to want to pencil in. Presenting: your podium-worthy Team Foster calendar…
First up is the Olympics-inspired Patriot Games, held at the Field House bar in Philadelphia from 5-9pm on August 11. Hydrate with complimentary libations from New Liberty Distillery before competing for the Patriot Cup.
Here’s the gist: you’ll pick your sport of choice – basketball (arcade style), shot put (cornhole), archery (Nerf bow), or, our personal favorite, cycling (oversized tricycle riding). Hey, Taylor Phinney may have overcome a compound leg fracture to win his time trial national championship and secure his spot on the US men’s road cycling team, but we’d like to see him do this. In a bar. While tipsy.
Come out victorious, and you’ll be able to pick one local veterans organization to receive $1,000 — we’ve invited a number of them to join us. Don’t come out victorious and, well, maybe you’ll still capture the hearts of the crowd, a la the ’88 Jamaican bobsled team. You can do it, mon!
$20 gets you entry and a one-hour open bar. Games are $3 a pop (or 4 for $10). See TeamFoster.org for tickets, and good luck!
Appropriately, on the weekend of 9/11, we’ve got a full lineup. Friday the 9th, our guy Nick will speak once again to the students and faculty of Rancocas Valley High School about the importance of honoring the dignity and sacrifice of our veterans. Rancocas, remember, has a thriving junior ROTC program.
Saturday the 10th, we’ll participate in Wildwood’s First Annual Doggie Dash, a 5k and one-mile race on the beach for you and your mutt, kicking off at the island’s 25-foot fire hydrant. All participants must be well-behaved and rabies-free — the dogs, not the humans. Well, come to think of it, the humans, too.
At the end, expect good food, refreshing drinks, live music, fun obstacles for your pet, and dog tag-shaped medals for you and your canine. But here’s the best part: every $5 dog entry fee will go directly to Team Foster, and Morey’s Piers will match each one.
“Giving back to the community is really important to us,” says Morey’s Piers Public Relations Manager Maggie Warner. “If we didn’t have the support of the community, we wouldn’t be here. It made sense to partner with Team Foster because we’ve always been strong supporters of our military men and women, and this organization is doing such great work for them.”
For more info, see moreyspiers.com.
Rounding out the weekend, we’ll have the Team Foster tent set up at the Pup Walk 4 Patriots on September 11 at Rose Tree Park in Berwyn, Pennsylvania. Come see us, then consider getting out there and walking the walk. The one-mile mosey will be followed by games, activities, and food from local vendors. All proceeds will benefit the Patriot Foundation, dedicated to the children of killed and injured service members. Your entry fee ($20 for a single walker, $30 for families) will go toward a scholarship fund.
To register, visit firstgiving.com/17124/pup-walk-4-patriots
Then, of course, is our much-anticipated, signature event: the Foster 100, our annual cycle from Philly to Cape May on September 17. We’re expecting a record number of riders, representing all ability levels. Join us for the challenge, to help our veterans, for the camaraderie, or for the great after-party at Exit Zero Global Headquarters — we won’t judge. Learn more at here.
In the meantime, enjoy the Olympics. We can’t wait to see that flame.