Following Saturday’s decisive victory, the Dogfish shifted focus on Sunday to give back to the community. The team hosted an Ultimate clinic at the Ronald McDonald House in Palo Alto as part of an activity program the House staff administer for their families in residence.
The clinic took place on a small turf field that is part of the recreational space behind the House. Dogfish staff matched up with kids of varying abilities to teach them throwing and catching basics, and how to hone disc skills they already possessed. After a small scrimmage, the team gave stickers and discs to the children who participated, and left behind extras for Ronald McDonald House staff to share with other kids.
For a handful of children and adults, Sunday’s clinic was a glimpse of the joy of physical activity as expressed through Ultimate, and for the Dogfish, it was a reminder of what a privilege it is to play and be able to share a passion for the game with each other and the community around them.
The Ronald McDonald House concept began in the 1970s when the daughter of the Philadelphia Eagle’s Fred Hill was diagnosed with leukemia. Hill worked with the hospital, community, and McDonald’s owner/operators to create a “home” where families could stay while their child received treatment. The first Ronald McDonald House opened in 1974. The Palo Alto House opened in 1979 and has undergone a few expansions, including the addition of a wing for children recovering from bone marrow transplants. The facility can now house 47 families and is usually filled to capacity.