The annual 3D Children’s Charity Hockey and Soccer Tournament is rescheduled to take place on June 9th at Hansen Lincoln Field and the adjacent parking lot. Back on May 8th, the board Of directors decided to postpone the tournament to focus on the wildfire situation and supporting those who were impacted by the wildfires.
Director Matt Chomyc says the organization is excited the event can go forward this year.
“There are a number of students who wanted to take part in the tournament who are graduating this summer,” Chomyc says. “With having ball hockey as part of the event we can open the event up to more students.”
Students in grades four to 12 from Grande Prairie & District Catholic Schools, Peace Wapiti Public School Division, and Grande Prairie Public School Division will participate.
Back in April, Executive Director Darren Foley told MyGrandePrairieNow.com the charity supports sick kids with travel, some going to the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton, others having to travel out east to facilities such as the Toronto Children’s Hospital, with some having even gone down to the United States for treatment. Foley says the charity has done well to support kids and families in the region while keeping a relatively low profile.
“We don’t want a big spotlight on these kids [as] we feel like they already have a spotlight on them. Some have cancer, some have lost their hair, and some are in wheelchairs, so we try to sneak in, support the family,” Foley said.
According to Foley, since the event kicked off in 1999, the charity has helped more than 500 children in the region. The event on Jun 9th will start at 8:30 a.m.