Sports charity this weekend

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One of St. Albert’s newest community organizations is going to kick up a sweat this weekend. The Sports Assistance Foundation is dropping the puck on its first 3-on-3 Charity Road Hockey Tournament.

“The Sports Assistance Foundation was created in order to help low income families here in St. Albert pay for additional fees that come with playing organized sports,” Jarrod Sokul said.

Sokul, a grade 12 student at St. Albert Catholic High School, was part of a group of 16 Canadian teen community leaders who participated in a three-week Youth Ambassadors program in Ottawa and New York this summer. Part of his involvement saw him make a presentation to the organizers about how he hoped to help people in this city. The U.S. Department of State offered him $200 to kick-start the effort.

He hopes to up that to $8,000 before the end of the year. This tournament is meant to really get the ball rolling.

“We will have a tournament format road hockey on one side and we will have drop-in on the other,” he explained.

It will cost $40 to enter a team of four players. Everyone is welcome to come out and play on the drop in side by donation.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 23 and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sun., Sept. 24 at Alpine Park along Alpine Boulevard in Akinsdale. There will be prize draws and Tygir Creams and Smokey Mike’s food trucks on site as well, each offering a percentage of their sales to the cause.

People can learn more about the Sports Assistance Foundation or register for the event by visiting sportsassitancefoundation.weebly.com.

Food drive a success

While the final tally is still a long way off, the early evidence indicates that Saturday’s annual food drive was a success, with beginning numbers showing stronger than last year. Executive director Suzan Krecsy said that there is the strong possibility of bringing in more than the event’s goal of accumulating 60,000 lbs. of non-perishable food items to help fill the shelves at the St. Albert Food Bank.

If anyone didn’t get their bag picked up, it can be taken to any food bank dropoff point at participating local grocery stores, fire stations, or the food bank itself at #30, 50 Bellerose Dr. Call the food bank at 780-459-0599 or visit www.stalbertfb.com for more information.

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Scott Hayes

Scott Hayes joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2008. Scott writes about the arts, entertainment, movies, culture, community groups, and charities. He also writes general news, features, columns and profiles on people.