Upside of Down Blog
Tuesday, March 22 2016
The Spring Flower Baskets are ready!!! We've sold these gorgeous flower baskets over the past several years and people just love them!
These aren't just any ordinary flowers! They are grown right here in the Austin area by residents of Down Home Ranch, a working ranch for adults with special needs! Not only are you supporting Upside Of Down, you are helping to support Down Home Ranch and the ranchers with special needs who live there too!
Friday, November 13 2015
Our 7th Annual Upside Of Down Charity Kickball Tournament is ON and we'll be playing Saturday, November 14th!!!
We hope you'll join us as the WAYA Fields on Cesar Chavez for a great day of kickball, BBQ lunch, face painting for the kiddos and some great raffle prizes! Even KONA ICE will be there to keep us cool on a cool November afternoon!
More details at here!
Friday, May 29 2015
Sunday in San Marcos and Wimberley:
Teana and Jeffrey
Friday, May 15 2015
We hope you'll bring your family out for the 7th Annual Upside Of Down Charity Kickball Tournament on Sunday, May 31st! Help to create opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome through once in a lifetime summer camp experience, global Down syndrome research and employment opportunities at The University of Texas for adults with Down syndrome!
Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor - S and S Cable Communications and to our field sponsors!
Sunday, April 26 2015
Thank you to Hunter Industries & Ewing Irrigation for sponsoring a field at our 7th Annual Upside of Down Charity Kickball Tournament!!! We're still looking for 3 more field sponsors and our Presenting Sponsor! Check out all the details here and spread the word!!
Saturday, March 21 2015
7th Annual Upside Of Down Charity Kickball Tournament
In Memory of Lawrence Ramirez
When: Sunday, May 31, 2015
It’s that time of the year, and we’re ready to start kickin’ for the cause! The online registration is live, so please be sure to register ASAP because it’s first come, first serve! We have 7 teams returning from last year and a special returning team from a few years ago, so only have 4 spots left! You can register here
This year’s tournament will not only be another milestone for Upside Of Down, but it will be a tribute to Lawrence Ramirez. For those of you who have been a part of our tournaments from the beginning, you probably remember Lawrence, better known as “Law”. Lawrence was captain of the Quickies, wearing the bright pink or purple shirts – they were always cutting up and laughing and he was usually the one right in the middle of all of it!
Lawrence is so very special to Upside Of Down for many reasons. He is the reason that Jeffrey and I pursued turning our website and desire to help others into a non-profit organization in order to make a bigger impact! He was very persistent in pushing us to complete ALL THAT PAPERWORK in order to apply for non-profit status, he connected us with others who had already taken this path to provide guidance & once we received our non-profit status, he said, “Now, what are you going to do?”….He answered his own question with “let’s do a kickball tournament!” WHAT??? Who plays kickball? Well, as you know, many people play kickball and we’ve been going strong with our annual tournament since 2009!
Law passed away last year from a sudden heart attack and left behind the love of his life and his unborn daughter. We’re going to celebrate Lawrence and his positive impact on Down syndrome this year!
Thanks to Lawrence, since 2009, the Upside Of Down Charity Kickball Tournament has raised close to $50,000. We have provided scholarships to numerous kids and adults with Down syndrome to attend summer camps, both locally and across the nation! We have donated thousands of dollars to DSRTF (Down Syndrome Research and Treatment Foundation) for research – we try to donate these funds on March 21st of each year in order for our donation to be matched 3:1 (one of the DSRTF board members typically does this match each year on World Down Syndrome Day)! We have also donated money to local Down syndrome outreach programs & to The University of Texas to sponsor employees in a research lab, who happen to have Down syndrome!
Our support to The University of Texas has allowed a young woman, Cory, with Down syndrome to work in a lab on Parkinson’s research. Cory started out participating in a lab, lecture and social hour that was sponsored by DSACT (Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas). Her professor, Jon Pierce-Shimomura, quickly noticed her potential and aptitude for this type of research. We are honored to be able to support Cory and provide her with the opportunity to get paid for the great work she is doing at UT!!
Even though Lawrence was an Aggie, in his memory, we will commit to an annual donation to this program at UT and it will be called the Upside Of Down – Lawrence Ramirez donation. Lawrence was always eager to help others in their educational endeavors and was such a great inspiration to so many!
We hope that you’ll join us in celebrating Lawrence’s life and contributions to providing opportunities to people with Down syndrome this year! We’d love to be able to pay the salaries of more than one individual to work on critical research at UT!
We hope you can join us at this year's tourney, enjoy some fun competition, good food and great company!
If you can't make it, but would like to help support our cause, you can make an online donation now!
Tuesday, February 25 2014
We have a date scheduled for the 6th Annual Upside Of Down Charity Kickball Tournament!
Sunday, June 1, 2014 from 10:30 - 5:30pm
If you're interested in forming a team, please be sure to register online! The 12 team tourney fills up quick and it's first come, first serve!
Register online here: http://upsideofdown.org/kickball
We are looking for a Presenting Sponsor and 4 Field Sponsors - more details to come!
Here's a pict of Presley's KickOff at our very first Upside Of Down Charity Kickball Tournament!
Saturday, August 17 2013
The Buda VoAg Booster Club (Vocational Agriculture) is hosting a night of fun to benefit the Buda 4H and Hays County FFA Youth on Saturday, Aug. 24th! They select a non-profit each year to promote and this year, they selected Upside Of Down! All 200+ attendees will have UpsideOfDown.org on their wrist all night! Hopefully we'll increase the acceptance of people with Down syndrome and raise lots of awareness!
There will be food, dancing, silent and live auctions and the Sam Bentley Band! Everyone's invited and we hope to see you there!
Saturday, August 17 2013
We're sorry to say that we won't be hosting an Upside Of Down Golf Tournament this fall. Our innaugural tournament was an amazing success last year and we look forward to having another one in 2014! It's a whole lot of work to put on a golf tournament; especially when you aim to out do such a great one like last year's!! Jeffrey and I are going to try to slow down a bit this fall and enjoy our family and some down time! There really isn't much down time when we both work full time and have 3 kids, but imagine that plus some. I wouldn't trade it for the world!
If you're interested in helping us plan the 2014 golf tourney, please let me know! The planning starts in January!
We are excited about an upcoming event hosted by DSACT (Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas) that we want to share with you. They have organized an information session by DSRTF (Down Syndrome Research and Treatment Foundation) on Sept. 17th at UT! Upside Of Down is one of the sponsors as well, and it goes hand in hand with one of our major initiatives, which is to help fund Down syndrome research! In 2013, Upside Of Down was able to donate $14,000 to DSRTF and it was matched by 3 because it was World Down Syndrome Day! Thanks to all of you who helped make that happen!
Here are the details for the upcoming DSRTF Information Session:
Tuesday, Sept. 17th
Sunday, April 21 2013
Our 5th Annual Upside Of Down Charity Kickball Tournament is coming up on Sunday, May 19th! We have a fun day planned for the whole family and still have 3 sponsorship opportunities remaining!
Let us know if you, your company or your family is interested in sponsoring! Tournament Details here
The Annual Upside Of Down Charity Kickball Tournament helps to fund summer scholarships for individuals with Down syndrome from lower income families, provide employment opportunities for adulds with Down syndrome right here at a research lab at UT and fund global Down syndrome research! Our donation to DSRTF (Down Syndrome Research and Treatment Foundation) earlier this year was enough to pay for 1 researcher assistant's salary for a whole year!!
Presenting Sponsor ~ $1,000 (Sponsorship fulfilled)
Recognized as the Exclusive Presenting Sponsor, company advertised in all event promoons (print and radio), Signage on all 4 tournament fields, logo/ link on our website for one year & company booth at event. Presenting Sponsor is Cappello Capital Corp.
Field Sponsor ~ $500 (3 Opportunities remain)
Recognized as a sponsor, company advertised in all event print promotions, signage on 1 tournament field, logo/link on our website during promotional period, & company booth at event. Our 1st of 4 Field Sponsors is TEAM Funding Solutions
Please email Teana@UpsideOfDown.org or call 512.484.3112 if you're interested in sponsoring a field!