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Join GTCC as we transform our tennis courts into a simulated battlefield for a series of NERF Wars! Bring your favorite NERF gun, protective eye wear, and your friends. We’ll provide the foam darts and team bandannas.
Non-members welcome so invite your friends!
The more participants, the more epic the battles.
All proceeds from the event will be evenly split between GTCC and the National Hydrocephalus Association, the primary nexus for research on hydrocephalus, a condition defined by an abnormal, excessive accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) within the cavities of the brain.
WHAT'S A NERF WAR?
- Participants bring their favorite NERF guns and engage in simulated battles against opposing teams
- GTCC tennis courts are transformed into a battle arena with barriers and forts for coverage
- Up to 4 different "Battle Groups" organized by participant ages
- Battle Groups play for approximately 1-hour, broken into 10-minute mini-battles
- Open to GTCC members AND non-members
- Invite your friends and neighbors – the more participants the more epic the battles!
- All ages welcome with "Battle Groups" organized by similar ages
- All participants are required to complete a waiver to participate
Provided by Participants:
- Your favorite NERF gun
- Protective eye wear (GTCC will have protective eye wear available for purchase, if needed)
- Water bottle to stay hydrated during your battle
Provided by GTCC with Paid Registration:
- 50 darts per player during battle play (returned to GTCC at event conclusion)
- Team bandanna, your memento to keep!
All proceeds from the event will be evenly split between GTCC and the National Hydrocephalus Association, the primary nexus for research on hydrocephalus, a condition defined by an abnormal, excessive accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) within the cavities of the brain. Learn more about this organization below.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
- Participants DO NOT need to be present for the full event duration.
- Participants are assigned to a “Battle Group” based on their age.
- GTCC will prioritize early time slots based on number and ages of registrants when organizing Battle Groups.
- Participants should arrive 20 minutes before their scheduled battle to complete the check-in process.
- Each "Battle Group" is broken up into 10-minute mini battles with dart pickup and fort reorganization in between.
|1:00pm – 3:30pm
||Participant registration and check-in
1:30pm – 2:20pm
|Battle Group #1 // ages 10 and under
|2:30pm – 3:20pm
||Battle Group #2 // children ages 11+
3:30pm – 4:20pm
|Battle Group #3 // adults and overflow
In the event Mother Nature does not cooperate with our plans, the event will take place on Sunday, July 14 at the same time.
GTCC event organizers need volunteers to help the the day of the event for:
- Event setup
- Registration and check-in
- Team captains/referees
- Cleanup crew
If interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for additional details.
ABOUT THE HYDROCEPHALUS ASSOCIATION
The Hydrocephalus Association serves as the primary nexus for research on hydrocephalus, a condition defined by an abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) within the cavities of the brain. Hydrocephalus affects over one million people in the U.S. alone. Approximately 1-2 babies for every 1,000 births are born with hydrocephalus, but anyone can get hydrocephalus at any time through a brain injury or infection, among other reasons, or as part of the aging process.
A personal note from GTCC’s event organizer, Charlie Persensky:
My oldest son Chas was diagnosed with hydrocephalus at the age of 3 months and within days had a shunt implanted at the CS Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor to mitigate the effects of the disease. Following my son’s surgery in May 2012, we began raising money and awareness for this disease by launching and running the Cleveland hydrocephalus walk. My wife Michelle chaired the walk for five years and raised over $100,000 in donations. As a member of the hydrocephalus community we have become aware of how far reaching this disease is and the impact it has on those affected and their families. We have been incredibly fortunate that Chas has only had to endure 1 surgery, but he's in the vast minority as most people afflicted go through a dozen or more surgeries in their lifetime.
The primary method to treat hydrocephalus, the shunt, was invented 50 years ago and no alternative has been identified or invented, even though shunts have one of the highest failure rates of any medically implanted device. It is our hope that through research shunt failure will no longer be something that we worry about daily in our house, much less anyone else’s home.