The 3D Children’s Society has presented St. Kateri Catholic School with the Ryan Wagner Memorial Award for their fundraising efforts and participation in the 3D Charity Hockey and Soccer tournament.
The award recognizes one school every year based on sportsmanship, integrity, fundraising, and participation in charity events. Schools from all three Grande Prairie districts are eligible to nominate one another and 3D Children’s Society Chairman Darren Foley says St. Kateri “exemplified” the charity’s key values this year.
“St.Kateri showed all of those good things that we want to see kids exemplify whether they’re in school or out of school,” he says.
Foley adds that the award is important to the community as schools from different Grande Prairie regional school boards participate, with support in place for kids from public and Catholic divisions.
“Even though these kids from the school don’t know all the kids that are recipients of our charity and the fundraising that we do, they do it as a true act of altruism, as a way of giving back to the community without looking for any recognition.”
This year’s annual hockey and soccer tournament marks the 24th in its history and has raised nearly $1.6 million for local kids dealing with serious medical issues.