The Midget Wolves hockey team and members of the central Alberta RCMP hockey team faced off last week in a fundraiser game to raise money for a program aimed at getting kids into team sports.
It was on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at the Ponoka Culture and Recreation Complex that the two teams worked to bring money to Ponoka’s KidSport program, says treasurer Kathy Matejka. “The team has come together to put this fundraiser on.”
Donations of $3 to watch the game plus other fundraising efforts helped raise more than $1,500, which Matejka credits the RCMP members and midget team for accomplishing. “I think the boys have done a good job in pre-sales,” she added.
Wolves assistant coach Peter Hall helped bring everyone together for the game and he suggests it is a great opportunity for camaraderie between players and the RCMP members.
“This is not competition. It’s just about fun and to raise some money,” said Hall.
His players put in extra effort and pre-sold 400 tickets to the game. They did such a good job the parking lot was completely full, added Hall.
KidSport is a non profit organization that provides funds to families who want to involve their kids in team sport activities, says Matejka. “This year so far, we have funded 48 kids.”
She added that this year the need has been greater due to a struggling economy.
RCMP Const. Adam Al-Kadri said the night was a good opportunity to have a fun game with the midget team and to continue to grow community relations. Const. Ryan Koehli has been part of the fundraiser for the last three years and is the former midget coach. Being able raise money for KidSport is something he feels is important.
“I think any team sport teaches life skills and hockey is no different,” said Koehli.
He suggests KidSport is a positive way to get kids involved in those team sports.
As for the game, the RCMP won 12-7.