THE TENTH ANNUAL WINDY CITY CUP
FOOTBAG NET CHAMPIONSHIPS
WILL BE HELD JUNE 24-25, 2017

Perpetual Flame Scholarship

The "Perpetual Flame", Alvaro Manzanero.  Thanks to Giova Images for the picture.

On January 23, 2015 our friend and fellow footbagger, Alvaro Manzanero, was murdered in Venezuela.  Known as "Perpetual Flame", Alvaro was the victim of a senseless robbery that ended up taking his life.  One of his dreams was to compete in the World Footbag Championships.

Unfortunately, Alvaro will never be able to realize that dream.  Poverty and violent crime go hand in hand, and it's painful to lose a friend for the cost of a bicycle; but that's what happened to Alvaro.  His unnecessary death left a hole in the Venezuelan footbag scene and a sadness within the sport.

In memory of Alvaro, the Chicago Lake Coast Kickers came up with an idea to try help kickers from all over the world reach their goals.  We're not sure if this effort will be successful or not, but we know that nothing will happen if we don't try.  So here's the idea:

THE PERPETUAL FLAME SCHOLARSHIP

The idea is simple:  we're going to try to raise enough money to send at least one deserving footbag net player- and hopefully two- to the World Footbag Championships every year.  CLCK is committing to donating 100% of our proceeds from the annual Windy City Cup towards this scholarship fund, and were asking other players to donate to the fund as well.  You can click on this tab to make a contribution via PayPal:





One-time donations of any size are always welcome, but we'd like to encourage anyone that has the means to make monthly donations to keep this fund going.  Footbag net burns a fire inside of us, and we can keep that fire going for all of our players by providing opportunities for competition, especially for those players that would not otherwise be able to afford the costs of a trip to a tournament.  If this idea is successful, it will provide a Perpetual Flame for footbag net players across the entire globe.

So give generously if you can, because our community is strongest when we give everyone a chance to be a part of it.  Thanks!

RIP Perpetual Flame.  You will always be remembered.

If you'd like to apply for this scholarship or nominate someone for the Perpetual Flame Scholarship, please send an email explaining why you or your nominee is deserving of the award to scothansen@footbag.org.  If you'd like to donate but don't want to do it via PayPal, email scothansen@footbag.org for alternate donation instructions.



Thanks again to Giova Images for the pictures.