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Operation Sandy: Paintball Fundraising Success by Pete “Mr. U.” Utschig

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

by: Pete “Mr. U.” Utschig

It always seems to blow my mind how when something terrible happens in this country, we always turn around, rally together, and come back stronger. I couldn’t be prouder to be a paintball player than I was the day Operation Sandy was born.

From the first phone call to friends and sponsors until the last shot of special made KEE red white and blue paintballs were fired, there was nothing but an outpouring of help and support. Every player,field owner, and manufacturer involved reached into there pockets and gave. On top of that, over 20 fields and thousands of players turned out to show support for all the people and paintballer’s effected by the hurricane.

Cousins Paintball in Long Island was the first field to sign up and was a flagship field spearheading Operation Sandy.  It was on Long Island, one of the hardest hit areas by the hurricane, that I took the field against long time friend and teammate Nicky Cuba. After a full day of paintball and down home ball breaking, Cuba was crowned victorious.

In the end, the real winners were all the people that will receive much needed help from the thousands of dollars raised throughout the weekend, not to mention all the players that won some of the great prizes in the raffles inclining two young guys at my game that won DYE Reflexes and Empire AXEs. Once again I want to thank everyone involved but especially everyone at DYE that I consider my second family.  Every time I ever need anything, you guys are there!!!!

A heart felt Thank You from NYC.

Pete “Mr. U” Utschig

Hurricane Sandy Charity Paintball Event – Hosted by Pete “Mr. U” Utschig

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Hurricane Sandy hit one of Dye’s flagship players close to home, and the time has come to do something about it.

Who: Pete “Mr. U” Utschig vs. Nicky Cuba

What: Charity Paintball event to raise money for victims of Hurricane Sandy

When: December 15th

Where: Cousins Paintball – Long Island, NY - Cousins Paintball


“Everyone who knows me, knows I’m a man of action” explains Pete “Mr. U” Utschig, a NYC firefighter and Tactical Ironmen from Long Island, NY.  ”So let’s stop saying we ‘want to help’ and let’s do it, and play some paintball have some fun and win some great prizes at the same time.”

To help raise money for his friends, family, and everyone else that was affected by the devastating storm Hurricane Sandy, Mr. U and Nicky Cuba have organized a charity event at Cousins Paintball in Long Island, as well as 20 other fields up and down the east coast.

On Saturday December 15th, Cousins Paintball will be hosting Operation Sandy: The Charity Game.  Dye Paintball has donated a complete set-up to be raffled off during the event, including a Reflex Marker, several sets of Rotors and i4 Goggles, as well as t-shirts and other promotional gear with all proceeds going towards the cause.

“I am asking that all paintball players around the country invite some friends come out and play some paintball on December 15 &16 to show the world what makes this Nation great. That when we get knocked down, we pick each other up, dust each other off, and come back stronger than ever!”

In addition to Mr. U’s game at Cousins, December 15th and 16th have been designated as “Sandy Relief Weekend” with over 20 fields all participating and donating their time and resources to raise money for those hurt by the recent tragedy on the East Coast.  Fields including:

Paintball World
Boston Paintball
Commando Paintball
Dynamic Paintball Inc.
FC Paintball LLC
Quick Shot Paintball
Paintball Charleston
Cru Paintball
Boss Paintball
Paintball Wholesalers
Fox 4 Paintball
Hogans Alley Paintball
Lehigh Valley Paintball
High Velocity Paintball
Cousins Paintball
Paintball Sports and Supply
Top Gun Paintball
P and L Paintball
Operation Stingray
All Star Indoor