Assalamu-alaikum (peace be upon you) youth, elders, and IYG blog readers,

March Madness is in full-swing around the United States with seemingly everyone filling out a bracket to predict the winner of this year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Predictions aside, our youth were in the mood for their own tournament so inside the friendly confines of the ISGL, our mentors arranged for a series of mini-tournaments. Games abounded from relay races to memory card recall test to a soccer shootout to a two- member team timed obstacle course (say that ten times if you like tongue-twisters). The backdrop of the tournament gave our mentors a great opportunity to instill an important life lesson – each one of our youth enjoyed competing for the opportunity to be the winner of each mini-tournament we held. And what was that lesson you ask? Competing for first place in a sports/school/debate/speech/(insert any other type of tournament here) competition is fine and dandy, but we should also use that same zeal and energy to compete for completing good deeds in life (similar to how the great companions Abu Bakr and Umar, radi Allahu anhum (may Allah be pleased with them), used to compete)! For in the race to compete in doing good deeds lies a great reward and treasure! A few snapshots for the night’s tournament are captured below for your viewing pleasure:

Basim tries to outfox Ahmed in "Goal Kick." Ahmed would emerge victorious!

Basim tries to outfox Ahmed in “Goal Kick.” Ahmed would emerge victorious!

Ahmed and Baha race one another in the "Pin Drop Dash." Run fellas, run! This one looks like a tie!

Ahmed and Baha race one another in the “Pin Drop Dash.” Run fellas, run! This one looks like a tie!

Mohamed tries to memorize the card order in 30 seconds. Karim can't bear to look at this madness!

Mohamed tries to memorize the card order in 30 seconds. Karim can’t bear to look at this madness!

Mohamed spins 5 times around the baseball bat at the start of the two-member timed obstacle course. Meanwhile Muhammad and Elyas discuss strategy as they await their team's turn.

Mohamed spins 5 times around the baseball bat at the start of the two-member timed obstacle course. Meanwhile Muhammad and Elyas discuss strategy as they await their team’s turn.

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