EDMONTON, AB – The Concordia University of Edmonton Department of Athletics & Recreation highlights Day 3 of the Thunder’s 11 Days of Giving campaign, as the student-athletes and teams have come together during this holiday season to give back to our community.
The Thunder Curling team started this initiative with the best of intentions by running a “Learn to Curl” clinic in support of the Today Centre, thanks to a donation of the ice time from the Avonair Curling Club. However, a combination of rising COVID-19 cases in the province and new Government of Alberta restrictions, the team was forced to put this off to a future date. Still wanting to do what they could to support the community, the curling team solicited cash donations for the Today Centre, along with non-perishable food items for the Edmonton Food Bank.
The Today Family Violence Help Centre has a mission to “raise awareness and build capacity by providing immediate, inclusive, integrated services for those impacted by family violence” in the Edmonton region. 3rd year student-athlete Kennedy Turcotte stated the importance of partnering with an organization such as this, saying “As a team we selected the Today Centre because most families are staying home to work throughout the pandemic. In these tough times, families are put into more stressful situations therefore an increase in family violence may occur. We hope to help support families in need, especially during this trying time.”.
Head Coach Taina Smiley spoke highly of her team’s efforts this fall, stating “This season has been particularly stressful for all of our athletes. I’m really proud of our team - they have shown that despite the challenges they are facing daily, they have the strength and integrity to look beyond themselves and help those in our community in need.”. 3rd year management student Braeden Pelech added “By giving back to the community, we feel privileged to provide something to those who may not otherwise have an opportunity to be able to celebrate the festive season. It provides a feeling of gratitude and satisfaction that you can only experience through giving back to those who are less fortunate.”.
Overall, the curling team managed over $1000 in cash donations to support the Today Centre and the Edmonton Food Bank, along with nearly 100 kg of non-perishable food items.
More about the Thunder 11 Days of Giving Campaign:
With all of the struggles of the world in 2020, the student-athletes, coaches, and staff of the Thunder Department of Athletics & Recreation wanted to take this time of pause to get involved in our local community, and make it a better place right in time for the holidays. The 11 Days of Giving campaign challenged all of our student-athletes and teams to find a unique way to take advantage of this gift of time due to the COVID-19 pandemic and find a way to help those who need it most around us.