Fort McMurray Today

KidSport Wood Buffalo will help more local kids get involved in sports after $20,000 was raised for the organization at the Messier Golf Tournament last weekend.

The golf tournament is in partnership with the Mark Messier Foundation, which was created by the six-time Stanley Cup winner to raise money for organizations that “support, inspire, and empower those in need through sports, healthy living, and education.”

Jamal-e-Fatima Rafat, Executive Director for KidSport Wood Buffalo, said the organization was ecstatic when they saw how well the tournament went.

“It was quite a big surprise for us,” she said. “That means more children in organized sports, that means building the community because we all know sports builds community.”

KidSport helps sponsor kids in the community, supporting with registration costs for organized sports. Rafat said that without fundraisers and sponsorships, the organization would not be able to provide the service.

Rafat said 100 per cent of the funds will be going towards registration fees for kids.

This is the second year in a row the Messier Golf Tournament has been held in Fort McMurray to raise money for a local non-profit. Last year the tournament raised approximately $15,000 for the Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo’s WB Kids.

KidSport Wood Buffalo are currently accepting applications for the fall. They can be filled out online, or in person for those who are unable to access a computer.