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Kan Jam for Cancer is a fundraising project launched in 2008 to raise money for The American Cancer Society’s “Relay for Life.” We started the project in response to some of our friends and family members who had recently been diagnosed. After our initial year running the program, two important facts came to light:
1) The most successful fundraising initiatives blend competition with a great cause. Our $10,000+ raised over five or six small events was both more effective and less expensive (for both the organizers and contributors) than past fundraisers I’ve supported. Open bars, marathon fundraising, and auctions are great. They just lack the instrument needed to make the social experience truly memorable.
2) Kan Jam is the greatest backyard sport ever conceived by man.
You’re still reading at this point? Nice. This is a minor miracle considering I haven’t even told you what Kan Jam is yet. Perhaps I should have started with answering that question first…
How do you play Kan Jam?
So you can see why it’s a toss up between the internet and Kan Jam for most important inventions of my lifetime. (Sorry Apple. Call me when you build an iPod that can toss a Frisbee through a narrow slot.) Aside from the fundraising events, look for us in the 2013 Kan Jam World Championship. Seriously.
More on that during the tournaments which kick off in early April and typically finish at the Relay event in June. I”ll be posting a registration form for round-robin and elimination style tournaments in late March.