An event that is very complicated and run over four days can be difficult to evaluate. That wasn’t true when it comes to measuring the success of Dawg Bowl IV. In just four short years, the Dawg Bowl has become Colorado’s premier adult hockey tournament.
First, a record number of entries (40) meant starting the tourney on a Thursday made it a four-day event. Some of the reasons that teams love to be part it include:
- The cause. The fact that 100% of the profits from the tournament go directly to helping adult hockey players in need due to catastrophic injury or illness means a lot to those who play in the tournament. At the tournament itself, almost $45,000 was distributed to four of those folks!!
- The Organization. From submitting entries to registration to the games and all the activities, the players, families and fans are able to do things easily and enjoy the time spent at the arena.
- The Competition. No tournament works as hard to keep the competition balanced and fair. A couple ringers slip in now and then but, the fact is, that every team captain was personally called and interviewed prior to teams being slotted into their respective division. Looking at the results, most teams won at least one game and, in the championships, 5 of the 7 games were decided by one goal. Rosters were checked for accuracy and the Dawg Bowl is the only local tourney to require skate tags.
- The Fun. Music, food, silent auctions, Kids Zone, drink specials. It all adds up to a fun-filled time the whole family can enjoy.
- The Volunteers. Everything about the tournament depends on the volunteers who plan the event, gather the silent auction items, handle registration, answer questions, scorekeepers, clock operations, cooks, referee, and more.
- The Survivor Game. This is the part of the event that separates the Dawg Bowl from any other tournament. Everything about it is first class. The lockers rooms looked like an NHL room. Jerseys and socks were hung below each individual name tag, Peter McNab announced, Derek Armstrong and Pierre Turgeon coached, April Jackson sung the Anthem, and checks were handed out to two worthy recipients.
There are the other usual measurements of success by hard fast numbers. The Tourney raised almost $90.000. The players, in addition to the team fees, donated over $12,000 to the Stick It To Cancer campaign, attendance and the silent auction broke records.
Yes, Dawg Bowl IV was a tremendous success. Dawg Nation Hockey Foundation president, Marty Richardson said. “The success is all due to the players, volunteers and fans. It is because of them that I can confidently predict that Dawg Bowl V will be even bigger and better. There are more men and women who need our help and, we plan to help them. The planning for Dawg Bowl V starts now. Stay tuned.”