Columbia’s students and staff came together last week to raise awareness and funds for Canada’s Heart and Stroke Foundation.
On March 12, teams of 3, made up of male, female and coed players, participated in the school’s annual Hoops for Heart basketball tournament fundraiser. Held in the Ainsliewood gym, the daylong tournament not only gave students the opportunity to be active and have fun, but also educated them on two important health issues; heart disease and stroke.
Prizes will be awarded to the tournament’s top scoring teams:
Male division – Mr. Koo’s class
Female division – Ms. Pivniceru’s class
Co-ed division – Ms. Lanza’s class
As raising funds and awareness are crucial to promoting heart health, students who participated were asked to raise a minimum of $25 in order to be eligible to play in the tournament. Along with promoting the importance of daily physical activity, the tournament teaches students important life values, such as responsibility, teamwork, and fairness, and is a great way to promote school spirit.
A special thank you to Ms. Simpson for her hard work organizing the tournament again this year. A big thank you to Mr. Freddy, Mr. Erind, student volunteers and all those who supported the tournament.
Heart & Stroke Foundation
The Heart & Stroke Foundation is one of Canada’s leading health charities and is the largest contributor to heart and stroke research after the federal government. The foundation’s mission is to prevent disease, save lives, and promote recovery by investing in life-saving research, advocating for healthy public policies and partnering with stakeholders.