It used to be that charities and fundraising organizations would use kickball to appeal to former playground warriors nostalgic for their junior-high glory days. But with at least three respectable kickball leagues co-existing in Denver and fifty teams of ten-plus players signed up for today's third annual Make-A-Wish Foundation Charity Adult Kickball Tournament, that's simply not the case anymore.
"I think kickball is coming back quite a bit," says Scott Esmond, co-chair of the Young Professionals Advisory Council, a division of the Colorado Make-A-Wish Foundation. "It's a good thirty-something, semi-physical, do-it-with-a-beer-in-your-hand kind of sport."
Beginning at 9 a.m. at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, some 600 young philanthropists will do battle on sixteen fields in an effort to win prizes and raise more than $25,000 for children with life-threatening illnesses. Registration is closed, but spectators can contribute by purchasing raffle tickets, cheering on teams and enjoying free beer from Steamworks Brewing Company.