When we started this journey nine years ago, things seemed pretty straight forward. With your help, we’d put on the best golf tournament we possibly could every summer, and together we’d provide opportunity for kids across Northern Alberta and beyond to find a place in sports.
A pandemic interrupted us all, but as we come out the other side we celebrate $1 million raised since we put that first tee in the ground back in 2014. It’s amazing — $1 million worth of opportunity for kids who otherwise would stay on the sidelines, or find other ways to pass their time.
Kids who would never take away the lessons that sport has to offer. Winning with grace, or losing with the right mix of class and purpose. Learning the powerful lesson that life does not deal you a win every time, but what we take from a loss can make the next one that much less likely.
We are back again at The Quarry Edmonton this summer — circle July 27 on your calendar — and we’ll be as strong as ever. A year ago we put on the full deal at the 27-hole Quarry — 244 golfers and a post-tournament celebration — and we’re planning on the same this time around.
Kids are back in sports, and that means the needs for Sports Central are once again front and centre. Collecting equipment, cleaning, sorting and repairing that gear, and maintaining our headquarters and bike shop so that when a family in need shows up at our doors, the lights are on and they are greeted by Sport Central staff who are ready to help.
If you can help by becoming a partner, contact us at Sport Central or look me up on Twitter @SportsnetSpec. If you simply want to get in a round of golf, watch this web site. We’ll open up registration some time in the spring of 2022.
On July 27 you can expect the same mix of NHL players like Colton Parayko, Carter Hart, Jake DeBrusk, Nick Holden, Tyler Benson, Johnny Boychuk and more, plus a visit from Edmonton Oilers head coach Dave Tippett, our honorary Sport Central ambassador.
We’re all a product of our upbringing, and for us at Sport Central, that childhood was spent on the rinks, courts and fields of our various communities. Learning how to be a good teammate still makes for a better adult down the road, and the value for kids to play, make friends and learn the lessons that competition provides will never go away.
Come out and help us give that opportunity to kids who might not otherwise get there.
And enjoy a great round of golf at the same time!