On June 15th at 6am, 25 sleepy but eager players and volunteers met at Covenant House and loaded into vans packed with home cooked meals funded by Together Is Better, samosas from a tiny bakery on Fraser street and rented camping gear to make the eight-hour journey from Vancouver to Alert Bay.
During the next four days we camped, cooked and experienced the rich indigenous cultural events including the Salmon Prince and Princess competition in the community’s Big House, an amazing feast of local food and the community parade. We also got to know one another better as a street soccer family enriched by the the presence of Rik and Veronica Mountain’s children (all aspiring soccer players).
Coached by Amy Cornish and Justine Do, our men’s team played beautifully and won their first game in June Sports history! The highlights of the game were an amazing bicycle kick by Rik that nearly went into the net and the winning goal by Dennis Munroe.
We were also incredibly proud of our women players who played on the Twin Arrows and Young and the Rest of Us teams. The men came to their games and enthusiastically cheered them on.
None of these incredible experiences could have happened without the support of generous donors. Thank you to the organizations who donated to us (including Emily Carr University, LUSH Cosmetics, Vancity Credit Union, the Vancouver Southsiders and Fairware) as well as our many fantastic individual donors.