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Memorial football tournament honours memory of friend and athlete

A passion for football and a giving spirit are how friends remember Colby Smith, a former St. Joe’s student that passed away earlier this year after a four year battle with cancer. Now Smith’s friends are using his passions as inspiration to plan a flag football tournament in his memory.

Hailey Winnicky-Lewis was close friends with Colby and says he would have loved to be involved in an event like this.

“His whole entire spirit was always giving and kind. He would always come and play football with my siblings, he’d always to be a part of young people kids experiences in football and he loved coaching, so it’s just an amazing opportunity.”

The tournament will also help raise money for the Pay it Forward Fund for Colby Smith.

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“So the funds will go to students in St. Joe’s High School who need financial assistance to participate in their given sport or specialty. It’s an amazing opportunity for others to help and it’s an opportunity that Colby would have loved to be a part of.”

The tournament will be at the CKC and St. Joseph football fields on June 14. Winnicky-Lewis says they will start the day off with a tribute to Colby.

“At 9 o’clock on the 14th we are hoping to have a little opening ceremony just to thank everybody for coming and to kind of describe what this day is all about, to try and get everybody in the spirit, and remembering exactly what we are there for.”

For those who would like to take parts, there are four divisions: Pee-Wee (grades 4-6), Bantam (grades 7-9), High School (grades 10-12), and adult. There is space for roughly 6 teams with 10 to 14 members.

Registration is $10 per player and the deadline to sign up is Monday, June 8. You can find at more at the Colby Smith Memorial Flag Football Tournament Facebook page.

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