The Brock Leaders Citizenship Society (BLCS) will be hosting a one-day team sporting event: the Play for Memories Ball Hockey Tournament to raise funds for the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.
The Play for Memories Ball Hockey Tournament will be held on March 23 at the Niagara Ball Hockey Club and will see teams of six or more players of all ages and abilities engage in three-on-three half-hour long matchups. In addition to the main event, the day will also play host to a number of smaller games, including trivia. At midday, Brian Hutchings, Treasurer of the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region and Vice President, Administration of Brock University, will deliver a presentation about the Alzheimer’s Society and the work they do. Participants can enter a raffle throughout the day featuring prizes donated by community sponsors.
“This is my second year being involved with this tournament, in my first year I was on the advertising committee and this year I am the lead of the advertising committee,” said Rebecca Balyk, second-year Brock Nursing student. “Our committee is made up of two awesome first year students from the BLCS and we work with three other committees that are also made up of first BLCS students and an upper-year lead to help guide [teams] through the [registration] process.”
According to Balyk, the ball hockey tournament was started 10 years ago by former BLCS member Laura Broley. She pioneered the idea of creating a charity ball hockey tournament and after its first successful iteration, the group decided to name the tournament the Flora Broley Play for Memories Ball Hockey Tournament (since shortened to simply the Play for Memories Ball Hockey Tournament) in honour of her grandmother who suffered from Alzheimer’s.
“This event is so important to me because my grandma suffered from dementia and Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia. So, being able to support a group such as the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region is so important because they are an advocate for the disease and help support not only people who are suffering with Alzheimer’s, but also their caregivers,” said Balyk.
Balyk encourages students and other members of the community to get involved with the BLCS by supporting its events through either attendance or sponsorship.
The BLCS is an honours society that prides itself on providing opportunities to help enhance its members’ leadership skills. BLCS accepts about 15 students coming into their first year of studies from high school who are not only strong academically but are also active members of their school/home communities. The Play for Memories Ball Hockey Tournament marks the last BLCS event of the academic year.
Some other big initiatives that are organized annually by BLCS members are: Denim, Diamonds and Diplomas; Seniors’ Prom and Hairless for a Cure. According to Balyk, the group also volunteers at other events such as Brock’s Spring and Fall Preview Day, Random Acts of Kindness Day and the annual Alzheimer’s walk.
“Volunteerism has been such an important part of my life and has provided me with so many opportunities to grow through different experiences,” said Balyk. “I believe I would not be the person I am today without all of the different volunteer opportunities I have been so lucky to have been a part of.”
More information about the Play for Memories and other upcoming ball hockey tournaments can be found at ballhockey.com. Individuals who are interested in sponsoring any BLCS events or would like more specific information about the group and its events can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the upcoming ball hockey tournament, team registration is still open at ballhockey.com/play-for-memories at a cost of $25 per player.