Playing it forward

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From left, Play it 4Ward CK team captains Elise Johnston, Shannon Bechard, Caress Lee and Katie Moore, along with their teams, enjoyed the completion of another season of mixed sports. Along the way, they have raised funds for various charities. Since 2019, the league has now donated more than $10,000 to local charities.

In a win-win situation, a group of Chatham-Kent women continue to have fun and give back to the community.

The Play it 4Ward CK league recently completed its fall-winter season of mixed sports, and capped it off by having raised more than $10,000 to various charities since the league’s inception in 2019.

A total of 17 local charities have benefited from $10,410.50 from the women’s efforts.

The league consists of approximately 40 players who are re-drafted to a different captain/team each week. The four teams go head to head in a different sport each week, and based on their wins for the night, are allotted a certain number of dollars towards that teams charity.

The dollars come from the $100 membership fee each player pays to play in the league, as well as donations from local businesses that sponsor a specific night or activity, leveraging the amount of dollars the teams are able to give towards their charities.

The sports that are played range from your typical sports such as volleyball and basketball, but also include gym-class activities like dodgeball, soccer baseball, and floor hockey.

Matteo is a Hero – a fund supporting a local boy who has been diagnosed with brain cancer – received nearly $830 this year, while the Chatham-Kent Student Nutrition program came in second with more than $741 raised.

Other charities to benefit include the Alzheimer’s Society of Chatham-Kent, and A.L.L. for Kids.

The league has also raised funds and donated material items to help with local emergent causes, like supporting families through unforeseen health emergencies, house fires, etc.

The league runs for six months, pausing for Christmas holidays and March Break.

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