Everyone Is A Champion On Special Day

Early fog could not obscure the smiles on the faces of hundreds of children — and adults — this morning at PJ Romano Field.

And it sure could not hide the joy of organizers. The “Day of Champions” returned after a 2-year COVID hiatus. And everyone was a winner.

Jumping through the Ninja course. (Photo/Amy Shapiro)

The event is a fundraiser for Experience Camps — the national network of summer camps and year-round programming for children grieving the death of a parent or sibling.

Founded by Sara Deren and headquartered in Westport, it’s a national non-profit. But today’s “Day of Champions” — bringing together a couple of dozen teams, competing in a “color war” with games, contests, dancing and more — had a distinctly local flavor, with hundreds of participants and volunteers.

The “En Fuego team” was on fire. (Photo/Amy Shapiro)

Each team committed to raising $1,000. But the total for the day — $150,000 — blew that goal out of the water.

Grief knows no socioeconomic bounds. Every child attends Experience Camps for free. Events like today’s make that possible.

The “Day of Champions” is a family (and friends) affair. (Photo/Amy Shapiro)

Another Ninja. (Photo/Amy Shapiro)

Another (hungry) team. (Photo/Amy Shapiro)

Volunteers included (from left) Jen Tooker, Candice Savin and Andrea Moore. Westport’s 3 selectwomen “womanned” the welcome table. (Photo/Dan Woog)

3 responses to “Everyone Is A Champion On Special Day

  1. Gery Grove

    We couldn’t be prouder of this day or more thankful for all of our special teams and volunteers!

  2. Paul Lowenstein

    Love the En Fuego team fire hats!

  3. Tracy A Flood

    This is beautiful!!!!!