SPARTA, NJ – A unique fundraising event called Only the Good Sky Young will be held for the fifth and final time next week at Sparta Middle School. The Frisbee tournament honors the lives of Max Briganti and Jeff Syberg, two young men, both Sparta students, passed away in 2011.
The all-day event will feature all Frisbee competition for all levels of ability, team prizes, door prizes, food for the players and Ultimate Frisbee gear from Massachusetts apparel company Breakmark Ultimate, according to event organizer Maren Morsch.
“This event means a lot to me personally. I love seeing the local community and the Ultimate community come together to celebrate Max and Jeff through playing the sport they both loved,” said Steven Malpiedi, OGSY founder and event co-chair. “I am looking forward to seeing all the players, spectators, and volunteers who always make this a truly great day for everyone who is part of this event.”
Teams can register online through EventBright. Teams can be comprised of four players, requested through the registration. Players must be at least 14 years-old.
The day will be structured with 45 minute games with each team playing at least three times in pool-play. The win-loss record will be tallied and the four teams with the most wins will play in a two game playoff with a consolation round according to organizers.
Sparta High School student council volunteers will be assisting with the event.
Registration is $25 per person to cover the cost of the t-shirt, access to the player tent for food and hydration, as well as game day goodies. T-shirts and other items will only be available while supplies lasts to non-players.
While light rain will not stop the event, a thunderstorm would cause cancellation.
Syberg died while serving in Tanzania with a volunteer group Global Service Corps. He was teaching HIV/AIDS prevention. While in Sparta he was active with Pass it Along and the youth ministry at Blessed Kateri church.
Briganti was a member of the Sparta High School class of 2009 as well. Both men played on Ultimate Frisbee teams in Sussex County according to event organizers.
Organizer Paige Lucas said, "In the past, proceeds that exceeded the cost of hosting the tournament were donated to local Sparta 501(c)3 organizations."