Sept. 20, 2012 saw just over 200 elementary students from various schools around town raising money for John Ryan’s dream of finding a cure for spinal cord injuries.
This year inspired by a deep-seated belief that anything is possible, Rick’s dream took shape in the form of the Man In Motion World Tour.
For 26 months he and his team wheeled over 40,000 kilometres through 34 countries, raising awareness of the potential of people with disabilities.
To raise funds locally Evelyn Dickson Elementary, Mapes Elementary, Sinkutview Elementary and WL McLeod School, all met on a beautiful Thursday morning for the 14th John Ryan Ultimate Tournament.
The weather was awesome for both participants and fans. The concession was kept busy with requests for cold drinks and frozen juices. Three students from NVSS volunteered their time to help as they were past participants of the tournament.
The girls were responsible for refereeing the games. They did a great job and all the coaches were pleased with the flow of the games.
The games concluded at approx. 2:15 and we re-assembled in McLeod’s school gym. Everyone was reminded of the support from the Co-op, the Omineca Express, School District 91 and the Wolf.
The value of their support can not be under-estimated. There is a draw from each school for John Ryan T-shirt for one boy and one girl, as well as a draw for a coach. This is a small show of the appreciation from the organizers of the event.
This year we are pleased to announce that the tournament has raised nearly $1,000 for spinal cord research. We couldn’t be more happy with the sportsmanship, camaraderie and enthusiasm shown throughout the day.
As Mr. “A” reminds everyone, “no one walks away with a big cheque or a trophy, this is for the cause.”
Thanks again to everyone for making our day a success!
Next year is the 15th tournament and we are already thinking and planning ahead.