Annual ringette tournament scores big bucks for Edmonton’s Cross Cancer Institute

The annual Ringette Scores on Cancer Tournament raising money for the Cross Cancer Institute. Global News

EDMONTON- Over 400 players and coaches are filling the rink at West Edmonton Mall this weekend to take part in a unique, three-day ringette tournament where the goal isn’t scoring, it’s raising money for cancer research.

“It’s a lot of fun,” said coach Paul Hotke on Saturday. “It’s more than a normal ringette tournament, there’s a lot more activities happening off the ice that aren’t seen in other ringette tournaments so it’s really designed to be a fun fundraiser with a lot of ringette involved.”

The Ringette Scores on Cancer Tournament is now into its seventh year. Over 20 teams from around Alberta and Saskatchewan are participating in the event. The goal is to raise over $100,000 this year.

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Hotke said fundraising in the tournament has come a long way: “I think the first year we donated about $500. It was pretty small and it’s grown and grown to the point where this year it should be close to a $100,000. Again.”

The tournament has raised over $550,000 in its six year history.

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