Good fun, great cause: 3 on 3 for NRC!

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Blistery cold April wind and hail storms did not stop soccer loving athletes from coming out to support a good cause this weekend.

The Sault College Public Relations and Events Management (PEM) Program hosted ‘3 on 3 for NRC!’ – an indoor soccer tournament with all proceeds going to the Neighbourhood Resource Centre (NRC).

The event saw such a great turnout that they had to divide the competition into a junior and adult division, each with six teams.

Almost $4500 was raised for the NRC, with $2800 coming from the Steel City Rapids.

Steel City Rapids contributed six teams and approximately 42 players who comprised the junior division.

The senior division consisted of a variety of players – some experienced, some just out to support the cause. There were international students from Sault College, some local athletes, as well as a team from Petoskey, MI and Marathon, ON.

This event hit close to home with me – As many of you know, I devote a lot of my time professionally to spreading awareness about NRC and its partner organizations.

I can’t say enough about the amazing work that Troy Miller and his team do for our community, and fundraisers like this one are huge in terms of keeping food on the table and services running at the NRC.

Additionally though, as a graduate of the PEM program, I was ecstatic to see this event do so well.

Last year, my group coined the ‘3 on 3 for NRC’ event. We had just over half the amount of teams and raised approximately half the amount of teams that the class did this year.

We put a lot of work into the event plan and execution.

I am so pleased to see that the event grew, both in size and in money brought in for the charity, by almost double.

It means that the word is spreading and that we live in an outstanding community – where people want to give back.

Where people are willing to travel through raging ice storms to compete and play with our people, because they know they will be welcomed with open arms.

Where international students are excited to take part and get involved – despite the fact that many of them only arrived in our country in January of 2018.

Through the love of the sport – and the worthiness of the cause – people from all walks of life were brought together. Young girls had the chance to get competitive and learn a little something about the NRC.

I have complete hope and faith that the event will only continue to get bigger and better every year.

Congratulations to the winners of both tournaments today.

On behalf of SaultOnline, a sponsor for this event, I would like to extend congratulations to all the winning teams of both tournaments.

For more information on the NRC, click here.

For more information on PEM, click here.

For more information on Steel City Rapids, click here.