The first ever Kickin’ It With Friends Charity Soccer Tournament was held May 26 and 27 and was a roaring success—$6,500 was raised and presented to the charity Leash of Hope.
The money will go towards providing local four-year old autistic boy Wyatt Bean with a service dog.
Amy Titley, the media co-ordinator for the Fort St. John Soccer Club (FSJSC), is a dog lover and saw a post online that Wyatt was looking for a dog. She knew she had to do something and decided to combine the soccer club with her work as sales manager for Bell Media to host a fundraiser and get the job done.
“I knew I could count on the community for the sponsorship. I love the businesses in and around Fort St. John and they more then met my expectations,” Titley said.
Seventeen teams, comprised of 202 players, took part in the tournament. The weather was fantastic and the turnout at Surerus Park to watch the matches was great.
The winners of the tournament were Sun Life Insurance for the U12s, Imagine That for the U18 category, and Landmark Cinema won the Ladies Open.
“Everyone seemed to enjoy it. We don’t have many home tournaments so it was a nice change. The players really wanted to see us make a difference and they got to do it doing something they love,” Titley expressed.
More money is due to come in from recycling and one sponsor. The FSJSC also received some money towards its new facility fund.