KidSport raised $210,000 from the 2018 Mark Scheifele Golf Classic and 4th Annual Hockey Camp presented held June 23-25th. The cumulative total raised since the camp and tournament’s inception in 2015 is $620,000.
The sold-out two-day hockey camp was held at Bell MTS Iceplex and hosted 224 kids between the ages of 5-12. Scheifele, Michael Hutchinson, Adam Lowry, Nelson Nogier, Mason Appleton, Julian Melchiori, Quinton Howden, Andrew Murray, Ben Fanelli and Kaleb Dahlgren and Matthieu Gomercic of the Humboldt Broncos assisted the Winnipeg Jets' Hockey Development team on ice.
“I had another fantastic weekend on ice with the kids and with players at the golf tournament,” said Scheifele, KidSport Winnipeg Athlete Ambassador. “There is such a great team who worked on raising this incredible amount of money for kids; from all the guys who gave their time helping out, to all the KidSport volunteers. It’s their dedication combined with the continued commitment and support from sponsors and participants year after year that allows KidSport Winnipeg to continue giving kids the chance to play the sport they love. It really makes me so proud and humbled to be a part of such a generous and giving community.”
The golf classic took place at Niakwa Country Club where Scheifele, Jacob Trouba, Peter Stoykewych, Hutchinson, Lowry, Morrissey, Nogier, Melchiori, Appleton, Gomercic and Dahlgren, along with New Jersey Devil Travis Zajac and Olympic medalists Quinton Howden and Jill Officer, joined other athletes, local celebrities, and business leaders to participate in the sold-out tournament.
All proceeds from both events will pay registration fees for kids in Winnipeg so they will be able to participate in sports.
“We are so pleased with the success of Mark’s camp and tournament and that all participants had such a great time!” said Rick McGregor and Mike Witoski, KidSport Winnipeg co-chairs. “It’s Mark’s passion and dedication that drives both events and we are grateful for all the time he invests in helping the kids in our community. We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Porsche Centre Winnipeg and FXR for their incredible ongoing support and also to all the other sponsors and participants that give so generously and so clearly understand the importance of getting kids off the sidelines and engaged in sport. Last but not least, thank you to all the players and KidSport volunteers that gave so much of their time and energy to both events – we appreciate it more than we can say!”