Golf tournament helps kids cover cost of sports

NHL Hall of Famer Grant Fuhr at this year’s event

Rick Stiebel/News Gazette staff

Although it was 10 years ago, Gerry St. Cyr remembers what motivated him to launch Sportassist like it was yesterday.

“I saw a youngster with a hockey stick and bag going to play drop-in roller hockey when Eagle Ridge Arena first opened,” recalled St. Cyr, operator of City Centre park and owner of Langford Lanes and City Centre Grille and Sports Bar. “I saw him again a few weeks later and asked him why he didn’t play in a league, and he told me he couldn’t afford it. Here he was, dedicated to the game he loved, taking a bus in from Esquimalt, and that really stuck with me.”

St. Cyr decided to get involved with helping kids facing financial barriers, so he discussed the situation with Langford Mayor Stew Young.

Young agreed that something had to be done and made a $2,000 donation through his annual charity golf tournament. Sportassist was able to help seven kids the first year, and has been helping more kids with registration costs every year since, St. Cyr said. “The whole point is to give kids a chance to play. Whether it’s gymnastics, football or hockey, there’s a social side to sports as well as the athletic side. Kids make friendships that last a lifetime.”

This year marks the ninth annual charity Sportassist Golf Tournament on Aug. 25 at Olympic View Golf Course. Sportassist now helps more than 100 kids a year play the sport of their choice. The tournament has grown bigger each year, St. Cyr noted. “Local businesses have really stepped up,” he said. “We couldn’t do it without their support, and the 40 to 45 volunteers who help out every year.”

This year’s event, which features NHL Hall of Fame goalie Grant Fuhr, has sold out, but people interested in meeting Fuhr will get the opportunity on Aug. 24 at the City Centre Grille. There will be a to-be-determined charge, with all proceeds going to Sportassist. There is still lots of time for sponsors, volunteers and businesses that want to donate prizes to get involved in the golf tournament. Contact St. Cyr at gerrys37@gmail.com for more information.

reporter@goldstreamgazette.com

Just Posted

Two missing Victoria children found safe

VicPD responded to two separate missing children calls Tuesday

Crews repair damage after Tuesday night water main break in Langford

Flooding resulted in property damage, forced evacuation from Langford homes

Saanich amalgamation committee holds first meeting

Saanich councillors call for a transparent process to ensure success of study

Snow not melting fast enough for some Greater Victoria residents

Resident unhappy with lack of snow removal on Mount Doug trails

‘It consumed my life’: Inside the world of gaming addiction

World Health Organization classifies gaming disorder as a mental health condition

‘Riya was a dreamer’: Mother of slain 11-year-old Ontario girl heartbroken

Her father, Roopesh Rajkumar, 41, was arrested some 130 kilometres away

Greater Victoria Wanted List for the week of Feb. 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Police seize bottles of grapefruit vodka from wanted man’s snow-pants

The men were pushing two shopping carts with a woman inside

Tonight’s sporting event costs more than the Super Bowl, and Obama is going

Tickets are going for more than $4,000 to watch the Duke - North Carolina basketball game

CRTC report finds ‘misleading, aggressive’ sales tactics used by telecom industry

Report recommends measures to make a fairer situation for consumers

Police dog tracks suspect through wintry Vancouver Island backcountry

Assault suspect arrested after two-hour track by Nanaimo RCMP police dog Jager

Trudeau takes personal hit amid SNC-Lavalin controversy: poll

Overall, 41 per cent of respondents believed the prime minister had done something wrong in the affair

B.C. photographer captures otters on ice

A Langley photographer was at the right place at the right time on the Fraser River

Unplowed Roads parody song destined to be a classic

Move over Weird Al, Island elementary students on the same level

Most Read