The annual Ryan Schonke Memorial Baseball tournament has provided the Williams Lake chapter of KidSport $21,500 in financial support over the past six years.
This year the donation is for $2,000.
KidSport provides funds to cover the cost of sport registration for kids who might not otherwise get the chance to play sports.
The statistics are clear: a child involved in sport is likely to be a better student, is less likely to be a burden to the social justice system and will develop lifelong physical activity habits which reduce health care costs. The benefits to the child are immeasurable.
Mark Bremner organizes this memorial ball tournament every year as a tribute to his friend Ryan Schonke.
Ryan was born and raised in Williams Lake and was passionate about sports and children. Ryan was killed in a car accident 13 years ago. The Ball Tournament is held in Likely one week before the BC Day long weekend.
“The support of the local businesses is the largest factor in the tournament’s success,” Bremner said.
More information on KidSport is available at www.activewilliamslake.com or by contacting Denise Skarra at 250-398-7665.
Funds are always welcome and tax receipts will be distributed.