Coronavirus: Kelowna soccer team practises good sportsmanship off the field

Coronavirus: Kelowna soccer team donated portion of unused fees
Soccer season might be postponed but one team in Kelowna has found a way to unite off the pitch.

Soccer season might be postponed but one team in Kelowna has found a way to unite off the pitch, donating a third of their registration fees to the Central Okanagan Community Food Bank.

“It made sense to everyone and they jumped on board knowing that this could be a long-term situation,” said Lloyd Pendleton, MindSmart United F.C.

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Due to social distancing measures put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, recreational leagues in sports like soccer, volleyball, football and tennis, to name a few, have been put on the bench until things clear up.

“When we saw this opportunity we knew we could do it,” said Dean Warner, with MindSmart United F.C.

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“I could have easily refunded the money back but it was so easy for us to fire it over to the food bank and the guys on the team didn’t hesitate.”

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The Central Okanagan food bank has seen an increased demand for its services due to widespread layoffs in response to the world pandemic. In two weeks’ time, they saw a 27 per cent increase in booked appointments and helped feed 780 households, including 550 children.

The food bank is in need of non-perishable food items, cash donations and volunteers.

The men’s team is now challenging other rec teams to do the same and donate a portion of their unused fees. Teams can participate by using #TeamUpAgainstCOVID.