More often than not, the news that we are exposed to is filled with morbid headlines and disheartening statistics. Awards represent success, joy, and in the case of Far Out Awards, even humor! That’s why we started the Far Out Awards Blog; to share the positive stories of our awards, where they go once they leave our office, who wins them, and why.

We have followed our awards from the homes of hardcore fantasy football leagues all the way to the South Beach Food and Wine Festival, visiting tons of eating contests, golf tournaments, and pub crawls in between. We’ve seen a lot and while it’s all been fun, every once in a while we stumble upon a story that really stands (far) out above the rest. Like the story of the Beer Olympics.

The Beer Olympics consists of 6 drinking events with 5-player teams competing for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies (and of course, bragging rights).

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies for the first Annual Beer Olympics

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies for the first Annual Beer Olympics

We love events featuring teamwork and booze so by those standards this event already has it all, but that’s not what makes it so special. Sasha Davis, a firefighter at a local department, recently decided to hold the Beer Olympics to help raise money for charity. In her own words:

The idea was to make the event an annual thing and every year we would pick a different charity or cause that the money would go to.

Now I just want to take a minute to recognize Sasha for being such an awesome person: a FIREFIGHTER who starts an ANNUAL BEER OLYMPICS for CHARITY! Awesome.

But two weeks before the event, something not so awesome happened. Matt Davidson, a fellow firefighter at the Greenwood Fire Department, found out that his 10-year-old son Zane was diagnosed with B Cell Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. The diagnosis is a treatable form of cancer, but Zane will need treatment for at least 3 years. Sasha knew instantly all of the money from the Beer Olympics would go to the Davidson family.

Players were more than willing to pay a registration fee which they knew would be going to the Davidson family. The day of the event we ended up with 25 competitors total! We even had people just show up to donate in support of Zane and watch the competitors. We raised a total of $850 for Zane and sparked a lot of interest for next year.

See, THAT is what makes the Beer Olympics so special. I was so touched by this story that I reached out to Sasha for more information. I asked if the Davidson family had any donation sites setup or any support pages that I could share with the Far Out Awards community.

Zane rocking a champion smile and firefighter hat

Zane rocking a champion smile and firefighter hat

Below are the links to Zane’s giveforward, Facebook, and gofundme pages:

https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/5jt4/inzane-hope-foundation
https://www.facebook.com/groups/863233863705381/
http://www.gofundme.com/9xqfo0

I am sure that any level of support you could give would mean a great deal to the Davidson’s. Sometimes all it takes is a small gesture from a complete stranger to remind you of the good in the world and to give you the hope you need to get through a rough patch. Plus, nothing is better than the gift of giving, so everybody is a winner here and at Far Out Awards, celebrating winners is what we do best!

We look forward to celebrating Zane’s victory in the fight against cancer!

Thanks Sasha for sharing the story of the Beer Olympics, we can’t wait to see what the 2nd Annual Invitational has in store.

Sasha signing up boozy olympiads and collecting donations for Zane

Sasha signing up boozy olympiads and collecting donations for Zane

First Place Beer Olympic Champs

First Place Beer Olympic Champs with their Far Out Beer Trophy

2nd place team with their Far Out Beer Trophy

2nd place team with their Far Out Beer Trophy

3rd place team with their Far Out Beer Trophy

3rd place team with their Far Out Beer Trophy

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