The BearStone Environmental Solutions Under-10 Cochrane Rockies Ringette team is getting into the holiday spirit. The players decided to donate Christmas gifts to the Cochrane Activettes as part of the Activettes’ Share Your Christmas challenge that runs until Dec. 10.
The Share Your Christmas hamper program provides food and gifts to more than 160 families. Non-perishable food items can be dropped off at donations boxes available in many Cochrane businesses as well as regular food bank bins located at Save on Foods, No Frills and Safeway.
Team Manager Serena Heintz says it was important for the team to give back to the less fortunate.
“As a team, we’re looking to inspire others to help those in need this holiday season. As a group, the young athletes decided they wished to help friends within the community and chose the (Share Your Christmas) challenge together,” Heintz said.
“The girls are no strangers to giving to the Cochrane Activettes, but this is the first time they’re doing it as a team. As these amazing young ladies begin to recognize how fortunate they are, they too learn that we all need to give, no matter how small, in order to grow strong as a community. That’s the lesson we’re trying to relay to the girls. It’s wonderful to see the girls more keen on giving their gifts away, rather than keeping them.”
Heintz says the team is also planning on sending out a challenge of its own.
“We’re planning to challenge other Cochrane Rockies Ringette teams with a “Food Bank Battle” to ensure there is lots to go around Cochrane post Christmas,” Heintz said.
“We’re hoping the other teams will take our challenge and try to make it a merry Christmas for everybody in town.”
Not only are the girls succeeding in the community, the team is also preparing to help host the upcoming Cochrane Classic Ringette Tournament, which is going on its ninth year.
“This is a hard working, tight-knit group, and it’s evident both on and off the ice,” Heintz said when asked about the teams performance.
“Head coach Stacie Poffenroth has led the team to an undefeated first half of the season and the team is excited to meet some new friends at the tournament this weekend.”
The tournament is set to take place Dec. 8 to Dec. 10, at Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre, as well as the Cochrane Arena. The tournament will host 46 teams from all across Alberta in age categories from U10 to U19.
The Under-10 team will play the Strathmore Ice Dragons, the Airdrie Sting and the Red Deer Rockets in the round robin portion of the tournament.