The inaugural Crazy 8 Sports College Showcase, organized at the end of last May by Lonny Behm, the vice president of the Ponoka Minor Soccer Association has already made its mark in the lives of at least a few dozen soccer players, promising to become a major event in the coming years.
Behm said in an e mail that already a total of more than $80,000 had been awarded in scholarships to some 30 players who took part in the event and that this figure did not include the information from all the coaches and/or schools represented at the event.
In addition, Behm said more than 20 players who took part in the collage showcase event were invited to ID camps by several schools.
From among those who received either scholarships or invitations to ID camps, 11 are Ponoka players, Behm added.
“Ponoka minor soccer has benefited and will continue to benefit from the event as we have had Olds College coach Macky Singh come in and run technical sessions with our U10 and U12 players and ran extra session for players that were identified during the Crazy 8 Sports College Showcase,” said Behm.
Touching on the organizational side of the event, he said participants at all levels, from players to coaches and scouts, were very much impressed with the way the showcase was managed and conducted.
“We are also hosting a ACAC college exibition game between Kings University and Red Deer College because they were so impressed with Ponoka and the facilities,” Behm added. The time of the game is not yet known.
“We are working on our second annual Crazy 8 Sports College Showcase and are looking forward to making next year’s event bigger and better.”
He said they were also looking for sponsors for next year’s event.