On Monday, July 15‘s City Council meeting, Mayor Debbie Amoroso declared that the week of August 18, 2013 would officially be known as “Accessible Sports Week” here in the City of Sault Ste. Marie.
In attendance were members of Sault Accessible Sports Incorporated.
Sault Accessible Sports Incorporated (SASI) started as the idea of a dedicated group of individuals from the Accessibility Advisory Committee of Sault Ste. Marie.
In 2009 the group partnered with Para Sport Ontario to form a Council.
In January of 2012 they then became the first Accessible Sports Council in Canada to become a not-for-profit.
The sports currently offered are sledge hockey, basketball, bowling, biathlon, para nordic skiing, adapted exercise, water skiing, and their newest addition archery.
“It is SASI’s goal to continue to keep expanding the programs offered so that we have something for everyone, regardless of the type of disability, to participate in,” states Don Calvert, the chairman of SASI.
Fundraising is a crucial component of any not-for-profit.
The most pressing need confronting SASI right now is to raise the money needed to cover the cost of ice time rental for their sledge hockey team this coming season.
They will be holding their first annual entertainment night on Thursday, August 22 at the Bushplane Museum with the proceeds going toward the payment of the ice time for their hockey team, the Soo Sledgehounds.
There will be food and beverages available, a meet-and-greet with local athletes, Ryan McFarling will perform his latest illusions show, Vernon Bailey will run the live auction, Scotiabank will run the silent auction, and we will also feature two local bands.
The first band will be Frank Manarino, Rico Calvano, and the members of Fusion.
The second band local band that will play at the event is Stiffler’s Mom.
The P.A. and moving light show will be run by George Ravlich and his company Crank Sound.
“It is definitely going to be a fantastic evening with the great lineup of entertainment we were fortunate to be able to book,” said Calvert.
The entertainment night will be sponsored in part by Scotiabank.
Tickets are $30 which include an M and M’s BBQ and prizes, and can be purchased at both Scotiabank locations or from any Committee member.
Unless the event is sold out, there will be ticket available at the door for the same price.
Committee members contact information can be obtained on SASI’s website.
If you don’t have any plans Thursday, August 22, come and join the members of Sault Accessible Sports Inc. and come and watch the terrific night of entertainment at the Bushplane Museum and support the Sledgehounds by raising the funds needed to pay for their upcoming season’s ice time.
Should the funds needed be exceeded any additional money raised will be applied to the purchase of sport chair for the accessible basketball program at Algoma University.
If you have any questions in regard getting involved as a participant, volunteer, or sponsor with Sault Accessible Sports Inc., please contact Don Calvert, via email, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 705-949-7704.