team btf


I can still remember where I was when I heard that Tara Lipinski had beaten Michelle Kwan for the gold medal in the 1998 Winter Games. I was in a hotel in Boston, just passing through the lobby when it was spoiled for me via CNN on a television in the bar. I was devastated, as my family can attest to. Then in 2002 my heart was broken again, when she “only” won a bronze. I sobbed during her “Fields of Gold” performance like an insane character in a Lifetime movie. 

I can say now with some time, aging and reflection that I had an unhealthy obsession with Michelle Kwan. Since then I have tried to become less personally attached to the athletes themselves and more a “team usa” participant. But it is hard. For as soon as I hear that familiar trumpet introduction, coupled with the panoramic scenery shots my heart seems to crack open and once again Bob Costas and his Disney Frozen-like ice palace lure me in. 

The good news is that I can be overly excited and invested in Team BTF anytime during the year! Team BTF is our own athletic team made of BTF supporters of all ages and abilities. They are moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents, friends and colleagues, who are swimming, walking, running and cycling to make a difference by entering races and raising money for Ben Towne Foundation. Together through their personal fundraising they have given $66,574.84 to the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research! This is amazing and we hope many more of you will join our team this year! You can set up your own web page through BTF from which you can send emails, receive donations online, track progress toward your goal and thank supporters. If you would like more information about how to get started, please click here.

Until then, I will be using my own sense of athleticism to sit on the couch nightly and eat popcorn. If I am lucky (and change networks) I might actually catch a glimpse of Ms. Kwan herself – as she will be covering the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics for Fox Sports. Michelle seems to have gone on to great things and recovered from her Olympic “disappointments”. It is a good reminder that you are not allowed to be more upset than the person the situation is actually happening to. (Please remember this when dealing with parents who have lost a child.)

In the meantime…Go Team USA! Go Team BTF!  Go Hawks!