The inaugural Healthy Kids Classic hockey tournament, in support of the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan, took to the ice last weekend for three inspiring days. The tournament, which wrapped up on February 21, raised an impressive $50,000 through personal fundraising pages for the young players, a silent auction, raffle, and 50/50.

The silent auction

The silent auction was one of the fundraising components at the tournament.

The event is modelled after the much-loved Stollery Family Day Classic in Edmonton, which has raised over $1.5 million for the Stollery Children’s Hospital.

“We are excited to bring the Healthy Kids Classic to Saskatchewan to create a unique event focused on giving back and promoting awareness and support for the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan among our province’s youth and community at large,” says organizer Stuart Regush of Great Canadian Roofing and Siding. “We hope to create an annual event that promotes and helps develop a sense of responsibility and caring for others through the great game of hockey.”

The tournament, which took place at the Jemini Arenas in Saskatoon, will also support minor hockey and future player developmental initiatives. The four-on-four tournament, for players ranging from Novice to Bantam, was created to promote active healthy living through playing hockey and giving back. Two dozen teams from across the province participated in the free flowing, non-contact games.

A hockey game

Young players in the four-on-four tournament did personal fundraising for CHFS as part of their participation.

“There is nothing more heartwarming than to see kids helping kids,” says Brynn Boback-Lane, President and CEO of the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan. “The Healthy Kids Classic is a great way to teach young players the value of giving back to others while having fun and being active. We are so pleased to have been a part of this meaningful event.”

For more information on how to donate to the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan, visit the Foundation’s website at childrenshospitalsask.ca.

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