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Stomp girls step up for charity

By Shane Jones, Sherwood Park News

1675 days ago   Article ID# 1468237
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Alberta Cancer Foundation

SHERWOOD PARK, CANADA (Sherwood Park News) - Before the opening faceoff of the recent Ringette Score on Cancer event at West Edmonton Mall, the Sherwood Park Stomp had already proven to be winners.

The U-10 Park players proved to be very effective fundraisers indeed for the charity-based tourney, raising an impressive $10,516 for the Alberta Cancer Foundation, the most of any of the 21 teams taking part from across Alberta and Saskatchewan.

In order to participate in the tournament, each player and coach had to raise a minimum of $100, but Stomp head coach Jeff Jones said his team really took the project head on, bringing in more than 10 per cent of the tournament’s overall $96,000 raised.

“Obviously cancer is unfortunately a far-reaching disease,” he said. “We had a number of young girls on the team who had recently lost grandparents and had parents who had been touched by the disease itself. Unfortunately the girls were already well familiar with the disease. It was a very honourable cause to get involved with and the girls really embraced it. They surprised me with how much they raised. Everybody is out there fundraising, so you are cautious when you take on an initiative like this. Even the $100 commitment per player could have been hard for some. But they did that, and before you knew it we had girls who were over $1,000.”

Reese Jones raised over $2,700, giving her the highest total raised in her division, and second overall for the tournament.

Coach Jones said he feels the fundraising efforts were very valuable for his group of girls, aged from seven to nine.

“I have the opportunity to work in sport as the executive director of the hockey program at Vimy Ridge and for the Donnan school, and we talk all of the time about confidence and character,” he said. “Sports is supposed to build character, and opportunities like this foster character. Some of the girls were going door to door and others were doing things like phoning radio stations to try and raise as much money as they could to defeat cancer. It was something else.”

There was an on-ice reward for the hard work, as well, as the Stomp played well enough to make the tournament final before losing out in a nail-biter — 9-8 against the Saskatoon Fire Rings.

“They played fantastic,” Jones said. “It was a great environment all around, especially getting to play at West Edmonton Mall. It was a great opportunity for the girls.”

The tournament was put on by the University of Alberta ringette team.

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Updated 1675 days ago   Article ID# 1468237

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