It was a frenetically paced, and fun, ball hockey marathon that will help at-risk kids.
Saturday at McLeod Athletic Park's sports box, the second annual Grant Thornton Community Classic - Road Hockey Rumble included adults and youth playing in separate tournaments, with proceeds going to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Langley (BBBSL).
Mary Reeves, executive director with BBBSL, said more than $8,000 was raised from sponsorships and donations, a jump from the event's first year. This early fundraising number is close to the goal set by the Grant Thornton group and BBBSL.
"It really was a fun day," Reeves said.
Last year, the tournament raised $5,700 for the cause.
Saturday's fundraiser included eight adult teams and four kids teams with the players ranging in age from eight to 14. Games were played from 9 a.m. to 2: 30 p.m. in and around the sports box.
"We had a great time and considered the day a success - some great hockey was played by the adults and the kids," said Leroy Van Spronsen from Grant Thornton, a Canadian accounting and business advisory firm.
Reeves said all money raised will go to programs that will match at-risk youth with adult mentors. The tournament also raises community awareness about BBBSL.
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