After Roll For a Reason was put on hold for two weeks everyone was getting rather restless and desperate to get on the mats, luckily we all held out and the event came around in no time.
There was an amazing turn out on Sunday and it was great to see so many familiar and unfamiliar faces doing their bit for an incredible cause. All in all we managed to raise a total of $3000.
For a lot of people this was their first competition and first glimpse of their long (and tough) jiu jitsu career, there were a lot of good rolls some of the fellas even managed to try out some wrestling. Our very own Tyler Hilton jumped on the mats against a very skilled young wrestler. Although he didn't get the result he wanted, he was definitely able to take something good away from the experience.
As the day got under way everyone was in high spirits cheering their fellow team mates on while others were preparing physically (and mentally) in the background. Despite the agenda for the day everyone stopped in their tracks to listen to the heartbreaking story of George Rickhart from Shalom House. He spoke with such passion and it was clear to see how much Shalom House and everyone supporting this beautiful charity meant to him. A strong message put forward by George, was the effect not only on the residents but how it's helping the families within the community, if there's one thing The Arena stands for its family... We're all here to support and help each other in any way we may need it. Everyone needs help at some point in their lives, whether it's help physically, mentally, or just someone to talk to. We we're lucky enough to reach out and help those around us, and we did it the best way we know how... Rolling around on the floor!
We're extremely proud of everyone that came to support last weekend and even more so of the guys that stepped on the mats. There were no easy rolls (believe me) and there was nothing but respected shown all day.
In conclusion, we're over the moon with the turn out, the result and the generosity shown by everyone that helped reach the total we accumulated. We'd like to thank everyone that helped out on the day immensely, you've done your gym and your community proud!