Key Clubbers create a fun Frisbee event for a serious cause.
Story by Julie Saetre
In 2014, students at Scecina Memorial High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, mourned the death of Jenny Deery, the parent of a Scecina student; Deery had been battling leukemia. Two years later, to honor her memory, the school’s Key Club created the Annual Jenny Deery Ultimate Frisbee Tournament to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Uniformed teams of seven to nine players pay to enter the tournament. Similar to American football, team members must work together to advance the Frisbee disc down the field and catch it in the end zone without being stopped by the opposition. Games continue until only one team is undefeated.
Before the fun starts, though, Terry Deery addresses the players, speaking about his wife and her battle with cancer.
“It is very emotional, but also inspirational,” says Matt Leming, the Key Club’s editor. “Terry’s speech inspires all who attend to participate, donate money, volunteer and know that they are fighting for a cause. Every year, the number of donations, volunteers and participants has grown. This year was no exception.”
The 2017 tournament featured 12 teams and raised a net profit of US$1,232. In addition to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, funds went to Inheritance of Hope, which helps young families that are facing the loss of a parent. The not-for-profit agency was one of Jenny Deery’s favorite charities.
“The Key Club provides great T-shirts for (tournament participants) to wear proudly in their own communities and spread the word on this great event,” Leming says. “Scecina Key Club has hopes and goals to grow this event.”