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

Coroners office investigates death of Victoria-area teen

Investigation involves ‘male teenager’, confirmed student at Oak Bay high

Greater Victoria Teachers’ Association joins counter-protest

GVTA released statement of support for LGBTQ in response to upcoming protest

WATCH: Topaz Park open house scheduled for Saturday

This will be the final stage of public engagement for park design

UPDATED: Health Canada looking into B.C. boy’s treatment of rabid dog saliva

BC Naturopathic Association questions Dr. Anke Zimmermann’s conduct on recent treatments

BCSPCA’s proposed limits on chickens go too far: urban food advocate

Capping the number of hens at 12 an unnecessary solution, Aaren Topley tells Victoria council

Lt.-Gov. Guichon believes she made the right decision

Outgoing Lt.-Gov Judith Guichon said her most memorable moments weren’t surrounding the election

Spring Home Show this weekend in Colwood

West Shore Parks and Recreation will be transformed to showcase everything home related

VIDEO: Smokers talk pot rules at annual 4-20 event

Annual pot protest-meets-festival in Vancouver attracted hundreds to vendors, concert

Saanich’s Shew sisters win gold, silver at national wrestling championships

Kiana, 17, won gold while Zena, 14, won silver at nationals

New funds, recruits set to alleviate B.C. sheriff shortage

The Government of British Columbia announced new sheriff graduates, funding for more classes

Video: RCMP investigation gets a deer little photobomb

Princeton RCMP were conducting a drug investigation in Princeton which a deer strolled through

Farnworth says five years too long for feds to deal with organized crime in medical pot

Needs to be dealt with much sooner than that, B.C. Public Safety Minister says

UPDATED: Unions, CP Rail come to agreement, avoiding work stoppage

Locomotive engineers, conductors and signals specialists seeking new collective agreements.

B.C. woman known to hitchhike around province missing

Aislynn Hanson, 18, last seen April 13; known to travel throughout B.C. by hitchhiking

Most Read