Wednesday, March 14 should be an eventful day here at CC: following the school walk-out during advisory in the morning, students, faculty, and parents are encouraged to play at or attend the 2nd Annual CCHS Badminton tournament in the afternoon! The tournament will take place at 3:15 p.m. in the CCHS gym; teams of two will face off against each other in a 64-team bracket in badminton games played to 7 until only one team remains. The prize for the winner remains unknown, but last year the prize was a generous gift card and months-long supply of bread from Nashoba Brook Bakery.
To participate, there is a suggested donation of $10 to spectate and $20 per team to play. All proceeds will go in Chris Gauthier’s name to the Jimmy Fund of Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The Jimmy Fund supports patients with cancer and cancer research to improve their welfare and chances of survival. Last year, the Badminton committee raised roughly $1500 with 64 teams and over 50 spectators and hope to match or surpass that number this year. So even if you are worried or not confident about your badminton skills, you can still come to support your peers and friends!
After participating in the tournament last year with my partner Ben Russell Guth, I must say that it surpassed my expectations. The tournament began with Ms. Murphy speaking about her experience with cancer and thanking the community for their support. It was great to see our community come together for a cause in this amazing event. After the games began, our team made it to the second round before ultimately losing. However, even after being eliminated, we were still able to stick around and cheer on our peers to the finals, when Matt Hogan ’17 and Nick Charde ’17 defeated Aidan Nuzum-Clark ’18 and Peter Yang ’18. The badminton can be as serious or carefree as you make it out to be: wide ranges of skill levels all competed, and whether you want to watch, play for fun or intensely train and compete for the grand prize, there will be a place for you. Last year, the day after the tournament was called as a snow day, and with that knowledge, the competition and intensity only ramped up; no homework was being done in the crowd, and students were completely stress-free. (Maybe the day after the tournament should be a school-wide holiday.)
The tournament was a great deal of fun if you have that ‘competitive drive,’ but also a great community event to support and be with peers while uniting us all together with a greater cause in mind. So, if you want to play, be sure to sign up for the Google form after choosing a team name and a partner by Monday, March 12th at the latest!
Photos from last year’s tourney: