Salmon Kings matinee is for KidSport

Advance tix for Salmon Kings support KidSport

Matt Stefanishion and Tim Kraus celebrate a Salmon Kings' goal.

Matt Stefanishion and Tim Kraus celebrate a Salmon Kings' goal.

Thanks to the Victoria Salmon Kings, a crew of ambitious commerce students at Royal Roads University hopes to boost KidSport Victoria this weekend.

All three organizations are coming together for Sunday’s matinee (1:05 p.m.) between the Salmon Kings and Las Vegas Wranglers at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre.

The Kings are tailoring the afternoon to a family atmosphere, including a free skate with Salmon Kings players following the game.

“We’ve been going into schools and letting the community know Sunday’s game is a family event that backs KidSport,” said student Mike Anderson of RRU, the spokesperson for Team Strive.

“The emphasis is on families but it’s a great deal for anyone.”

Each year the university’s commerce program holds the venture challenge, a team-based contest that raised $40,000 for local charities in 2010. Choosing KidSport as its beneficiary, Team Strive hopes to win this year’s event, starting Sunday.

Tickets bought in advance from Team Strive are just $15 each, with $10 of the proceeds going to KidSport. Tickets are regularly $24 per adult, $17 per child or senior.

“It’s a heck of a deal,” Anderson said.

Even better, four-packs are on sale for just $50, which works out to half price.

“The Salmon Kings have been extremely generous with this,” Anderson said.

It’s also good timing for fans as the team is on an exciting streak, fighting to climb above a .500 record.

To cash in on Sunday’s deal for KidSport, fans will need to buy tickets in advance from Team Strive.

Contact Mike Anderson by e-mail at salmonkingsvc@gmail.com or phone at 250-217-7368.

KidSport helps Davis brothers to gridiron supremacy

KidSport’s biggest objective is to put kids into an organized sport, be it karate or ice hockey. What some people may not realize is the diversity of youth athletes KidSport helps.

It’s not just about getting kids off the couch.

Last month, 14-year-old football player Marcus Davis was named the Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Game for Team Canada against a U.S.A. all-star squad in the under-15 football Youth Bowl. Davis scored two touchdowns and Canada won 42-37.

Davis was selected to Team Canada because KidSport helped him play a lot of football instead of a little, said his mom Kerri Davis. Marcus and his 17-year-old brother Terrell are on the radar as two of the top football prospects in the province.

“If it wasn’t for KidSport they wouldn’t have gotten where they are today,” she said. “With registration so expensive, it’s very hard for families … travel expenses, food and gear. It really adds up.”

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