Goals for Girls Ball Hockey Tournament Outstanding Success
With smiles and cheers, the staff and students of Marymount Academy wrapped up another successful Goals for Girls Ball Hockey tournament on November 19, 2009. This ninth annual event included over twenty teams involving nearly two hundred students and staff. The Goals for Girls campaign is held to encourage young women to be physically active and to help them recognize and become involved in the many activities and opportunities available in their school and community. As well, this tournament is also a fundraiser in which monies raised are used to sponsor young women who cannot financially afford to play sports, to purchase fitness equipment and to provide financial support to other community schools and programs whose female programs are severely underfunded. Money is also donated on behalf of the staff and students of Marymount to SportLink, a community based organization that promotes local athletics. Dan Bartolucci, program leader at Marymount Academy and organizer of the event feels it is very important that the focus of the day is understood by the students. “Ultimately the girls really understand that the day is a positive one for their school, their peers and also themselves.” he said. “This tournament helps encourage the young women of this community to set their own personal goals and strive to achieve them.” Alex Tsimiklis, Co-President of the school’s Girls Athletic Association says it’s a fantastic and fun day. “It is a great way for girls to get involved in their school, “ states Tsimiklis. “The money goes to a great cause and it ensures there are opportunities for everyone.” This year, Marymount raised over $3500 to support this campaign.