Kick Addiction Out of the Park

Coming Together

On a sunny fall day, the alums of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation in Chicago, led by Anthony G., created a powerful day to celebrate recovery and fellowship during Recovery Month. "It was amazing to see the turnout, not only the teams, but also the fans, all coming together to kick-off national recovery month," Anthony G. said. With over 120 people and four teams participating in the inaugural kickball tournament held at Chicago's Oz Park, the day was filled with excitement, from start to finish. The teams, representing the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and three local sober houses, enjoyed an afternoon of fellowship, music by a local DJ, hot-off-the-grill ballpark burgers and hot dogs, and some friendly competition.

Ramsen Kasha, executive director of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation in Chicago, said fellowship is such a crucial part of the recovery process. "This disease is one that creates and thrives off isolation and hopelessness. Events like this go a long way to promote the connection that is required for healing and hope, while still proving that a person can experience joy in their recovery. Our residents are still talking about this tournament and are looking forward to this year's event."

After several lively games, Hazelden came out on top, winning bragging rights and the championship trophy. "The best part of the day was listening to newcomers say that they couldn't wait to play again next year,” said Anthony G. "My hope is that the tournament continues to grow, building awareness during recovery month by providing fun and friendly competition among the recovery communities."

To learn more about hosting a Kick Addiction Out of the Park Kickball Tournament in your area, email Elizabeth Stannard or call 651-312-3022.

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