MCPEI re­vi­tal­izes char­ity golf tour­na­ment to ben­e­fit P.E.I. Abo­rig­i­nal Sports Cir­cle

Event hap­pens Sept. 11 in Stratford

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FEATURES/COMMUNITY -

When the Mi’kmaq Con­fed­er­acy of P.E.I. (MCPEI) holds its an­nual char­ity golf tour­na­ment in Septem­ber, it will be pre­sent­ing a unique cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence with all funds raised to be di­rected to­ward a spe­cial cause: the P.E.I. Abo­rig­i­nal Sports Cir­cle.

The sev­enth an­nual MCPEI Char­ity Golf Tour­na­ment will be held at Fox Meadow Golf Club in Stratford on Sept. 11. For one day Fox Meadow Golf Club will be the site of Mi’kmaq cul­tural demon­stra­tions, danc­ing and drum­ming, as well as unique con­tests and prizes. A ban­quet held af­ter the event will fea­ture more en­ter­tain­ment and some tra­di­tional Mi’kmaq foods.

“We have re­ceived some great feed­back from last year’s par­tic­i­pants and we re­al­ize that we can make this a one of a kind ex­pe­ri­ence,” said tour­na­ment or­ga­nizer Ricky Knock­wood, a young Mi’kmaq golfer who is cur­rently en­rolled in the Golf Club Man­age­ment Pro­gram at Hol­land Col­lege.

The cost per team is $750. For those who do not want to golf but still want to par­tic­i­pate in this unique cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence, tick­ets for the ban­quet/en­ter­tain­ment can be pur­chased for $50.

Pro­ceeds raised at this year’s tour­na­ment will ben­e­fit the P.E.I. Abo­rig­i­nal Sports Cir­cle, a We have re­ceived some great feed­back from last year’s par­tic­i­pants and we re­al­ize that we can make this a one of a kind ex­pe­ri­ence. sport sup­port­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion rep­re­sent­ing all Is­land Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­ni­ties.

The Sports Cir­cle as­sists young Abo­rig­i­nal Is­lan­ders to par­tic­i­pate in lo­cal, re­gional and na­tional sport­ing events.

Last year, P.E.I. was rep­re­sented by eight ath­letes at the North Amer­i­can In­dige­nous Games (NAIG) in Saskatchewan.

The Sports Cir­cle hopes to ex­pand that rep­re­sen­ta­tion at fu­ture events, such as the NAIG, by fur­ther de­vel­op­ing ex­ist­ing ath­letes and pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for chil­dren and youth to ex­plore their in­ter­ests and abil­i­ties in a broad range of sports.

MCPEI is invit­ing cor­po­rate groups, as­so­ci­a­tions, agen­cies, com­mu­nity groups and mem­bers of the public to en­ter a team, be­come a spon­sor, or make a do­na­tion to this im­por­tant cause.

To register a team or to spon­sor the event, con­tact Knock­wood at 902-569-6275.

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