• Lauren Kan

Holy Flippin Ninja - A Motionball Fundraiser

Updated: Aug 22

One of my favourite things about RED Academy (besides the dog-friendly campus and the free beer on Fridays, of course), is their dedication to giving back to and being involved in the community.

Whether it be through community partner projects (which are cool as heck, in case you were wondering), holding networking and workshop events, or participating in cool community events,

On June 1st, for the third year in a row, RED will be sending two teams to participate in Motionball!

Motionball is a non-for-profit organization that builds awareness and raises funds for the Special Olympics Canada Foundation.

If you know me at all, this event literally hits me straight in the feels, combining two things that I am extremely passionate about: sports, and inclusivity. And they go so, so well together.

Sports have always been a huge part of my life. I grew up watching hockey and soccer with my dad, and started playing ringette when I was in the 9th grade. Even though I was definitely the oldest and one of the least experienced players on the team, the 6 years i spent on the ice with those girls taught me more about life and playing on a team and inclusivity than anything I had every participated in before.

I think this experience sparked a deep desire in me to do everything I can so that others can have the same experiences of finding a place where they truly feel like they belong.

Anyways, I digress. Back to the reason you’re here — Motionball!!

So, in order to participate, each team member was tasked with raising at least $250 (and between the two teams, RED’s goal is to raise $2,500!) to contribute to Motionball, a massive effort which concludes on June 1st with Motionball Marathon of Sport Vancouver!

From mini photoshoot sessions to by-donation events, different people have been doing different things in order to raise this money.

Pre-workshop warm-up!

On Saturday May 11th, a few of my Digital Marketing friends (Kevin and Kat) and I put on a self-defence workshop to raise funds. We asked participants to donate what they could (with a suggested donation of $20), in exchange for a two-hour workshop, and all of the proceeds went straight to Motionball. A pretty good deal if you ask me.

My role in all of this was to take photos of the event, that could be used for promo for the gym and for RED’s social media. I’m not going to sit here and lie to you, I was a bit nervous because I’d never shot an event like this before.

Group shot!

But like in most cases, I was worried for nothing and the event ended up going super well! We made a substantial amount of money between the three of us, I was able to get some really good content, and best of all, everyone seemed to have a really good time! Success. All in all, it was such an incredible experience. However, we would not have been able to pull it off without the help of our DM friend Kathy (who was our contact with the gym), and our new friends at Power3 Academy. Thank you! We appreciate you so, so much! Check out my photos from the event here! Donate to Motionball here!

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