Weekend Warriors is a recovery league and Together We Can sent over 20 gentlemen to attend their Icebreaker Slow Pitch Tournament at Bolivar Park in surrey last weekend. This was a life changing event for many involved. With sunshine from Friday through Sunday we could not have asked for a better weekend to play ball.
I had the pleasure of helping put together the TWC Pelicans with counsellor Matt Rands and support worker Scott Reeves. For myself, one of the biggest tasks in recovery was to learn how to have fun without the need to drink or do drugs so i jumped at the opportunity to help. When the men here at Together We Can were told about the tournament they jumped at the opportunity as well!
The team was made up of all skill levels including some ladies that were more than willing to play with the TWC Pelicans. In my opinion Together We Can defines unity and to see the men pulled together as a team and play their hearts out was an amazing sight!
Saturday was a bit of a struggle for the boys as they lost their first two games and tied their third. However, going into Sunday’s playoffs they had high hopes and were not about to give up. Much like these men are ready to battle for their lives, they were ready to battle back on Sunday. They lost their first game Sunday morning to the Bomb Squad however, they won their next 3 games over the course of the day, beating the Bomb Squad in a re-match and advancing to the championship game. Beaten, bruised and bleeding they put on a great show playing with honor and integrity right till the bitter end. They didn’t win the championship but they sure played like champions!
The opportunity to be part of an amazing weekend meant a lot to the guys and to me as well. It is a huge deal to be able to enjoy ourselves without the need of substances and to learn how to be “part of”. Even though I played with another team it was an honor to watch the TWC Pelicans play like they did, I was rooting for them the whole weekend. On behalf of all the guys, we would like to thank the women who played for us and to the Weekend Warriors for allowing the TWC Pelicans to be part of a very special weekend.
By Peter Bachetti