The annual Ryan Schonke Memorial Baseball tournament has provided the Williams Lake chapter of KidSport more than $16,000 in financial support over the past four years.
This year the donation was for $2,060.
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 life long 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 moved to Williams Lake as a teenager.
He was passionate about sports and children. Ryan was killed in a car accident 11 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.