St. Timothy High School will be hosting is fourth annual Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre (SKCAC) Benefit charity hockey game on Dec. 21.
The game will feature three former National Hockey League (NHL) players; Kennedy, Colin Forbes and Curtis Glencross, who will join the teachers’ team in order to battle it out with the students.
There will also be raffle tickets available at the school and the game to go towards the fundraising efforts. Potential prizes are: gift cards to local businesses and restaurants, NHL memorabilia, gift baskets, athletic wear and bags. There will also be door prizes and a Shoot to Win at the game during intermission.
The game began four years ago as a fun pre-Christmas event that had the teachers faceoff against the students from the school’s hockey program, but organizer and St. Timothy teacher, Kevin MacLellan, said the school was looking to make the game more important than just a fun scrimmage.
“We wanted to continue the staff versus students game, but we also wanted to add in a more community and school involved fundraiser on the side,” MacLellan said.
“The SKCAC is an initiative supported by our Catholic district, and the principal at the time, Randy Smith, and I decided that we would create a fundraiser for it. With Sheldon’s (Kennedy) story being related to hockey, we thought the two just went together.”
Kennedy, a former member of the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League, as well as the National Hockey League’s Detroit Red Wings, the Calgary Flames and the Boston Bruins, devoted his post hockey career to child abuse prevention and education after he dealt with sexual abuse growing up.
Along with his business partner, Wayne McNeil, he owns and operates Respect Group Inc., which provides training to thousands of people with messages and tools of empowerment to help people involved in amateur sport and education systems prevent bullying, harassment and abuse.
“With this partnership it has created a platform to talk about the topic of child abuse and its lasting impact,” MacLellan said.
“This is a great event where students get to participate in friendly competition against the teachers and guests, but it is also a wonderful community event where friends, parents, family, former students and members of the community here in Cochrane come to the rink and enjoy a wonderful fundraiser,”
“With guests such as Colin Forbes, Curtis Glencross and Sheldon Kennedy himself, it shows that people from all areas are supporting the cause are willing to give their time and energy to raise awareness.”
The game is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre’s Totem One arena.