Ball hockey tournament for SNAP a success

The Zeta Psi fraternity hosted its sixth annual ball hockey tournament on Nov. 14 as a fundraiser for the Special Needs Activity Program (SNAP).

The fundraiser is the fraternity’s big yearly philanthropy event and raises money to help expand SNAP’s program. Over 75 players in eight teams between five and seven participated in the tournament, which was held in the Zone 2 parking lot at Brock University.

“The turnout was fantastic. We had a lot of interest from our participants and our volunteers,” said Jessie Clews, Philanthropy and Community Involvement Coordinator of Zeta Psi.

“It’s a great event because we raise money for equipment that goes towards special needs programs at school. We know where the money is going,” said Patrick Harrison, President of Zeta Psi.

Members of the Zeta Psi fraternity who hosted the tournament; Chace King/The Brock Press

Members of the Zeta Psi fraternity who hosted the tournament;
Chace King/The Brock Press

The event raised $800 for the SNAP program, which was an substantial increase from last year.

“We put lots of emphasis in this event being successful. Every year it has gotten better,” said Uyi Cannon, a member of Zeta Psi.

After four hours of play, it was “The Ugly Pucklings” with captain Kevin Gate that carried home the trophy.

“We hope to see the event growing in years to come. We would love to continue to work with the SNAP program at Brock,” said Cannon.

“Moving forward, I am hoping that the interest and ambition continues to grow within the St. Catharines community, with the students and faculty at Brock and with all supporting volunteers and donors,” said Clews.

Two of the eight teams playing an enthusiastic game of ball hockey; Chace King/The Brock Press

Two of the eight teams playing an enthusiastic game of ball hockey;
Chace King/The Brock Press

In previous years, the ball hockey tournament has been held in January, but they decided to move it to November in order to avoid inclement weather or freezing temperatures. Based on the success of this years’ tournament, the fraternity is looking to continue holding the tournament in November.

For more information about the SNAP program, visit brocku.ca/applied-health-sciences/in-the-community/snap or their Facebook page at facebook.com/SNAPBrock/

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