Wanted: a complete adult ball hockey team or group of individual players to register for the Grant Thornton Community Classic - Road Hockey Rumble.
The fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Langley (BBBSL) has dropped from eight adult teams to seven, after one squad pulled out recently.
The ball hockey competition runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 7 inside the McLeod Athletic Park covered sports box.
BBBSL matches at-risk children with adult mentors known as Big Brothers and Big Sisters. The organization also facilitates a variety of different programs that serve boys and girls.
All funds raised from sponsorship, registration (cost is $500 per team), pledges collected, a concession, a silent auction, and a 50/50 draw go to support BBBSL programs.
The second annual "Rumble" held last year drew eight adult teams, and raised $10,700 for the cause.
This year, organizers are striving to exceed that amount.
Augmenting the adult competition is a children's tournament for players between the ages of eight and 14, of all skill levels.
Kids play for free.
Leroy Van Spronsen, a senior manager with Grant Thornton who chairs the event's organizing committee, says that while the tournament is a great time for all, it is also quite competitive, with bragging rights at stake.
"It's a ton of fun," he said. "But when you get guys with hockey sticks, it can be competitive, but mostly it's meant to be fun."
This Grant Thornton-organized fundraiser has become something of a tradition.
"A number of years ago, we wanted to do something for the community's sake," Van Spronsen said. "We just want to give back to the community we live in."
BBBSL is very appreciative of the support.
"It's huge. We're really privileged and honoured that they would pick us once again to be the charity benefiting," said BBBSL administrative assistant Elvira Romanchik.
Funds generated from the event allow BBBSL to effectively match more children and mentors, and impact more families' lives in a positive way Romanchik added.
There are also plenty of activities surrounding the hockey. "Come by to support the event," Romanchik said. "Anybody in the community can come out for a fun few hours, or for the entire day."
BBBSL and Grant Thornton will have staff on site, volunteering their efforts.
For details on how to register as a team or as an individual, contact Van Spronsen at 604-455-2627.
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