DAN CEARNS The Standard
UXBRIDGE: The annual Gary Roberts and Friends Golf Tournament, held last week, once again, reached its goal of raising $50,000 for the local Jumpstart Chapter in Uxbridge.
“This is our eighth year and we are [now] over $300,000 for our community this year. That’s just an outstanding contribution, and it really helps us do a lot with the kids in the community,” Uxbridge Canadian Tire owner Pat Higgins said.
This year’s tournament was held on Wednesday, Aug. 2nd, at Wooden Sticks, and was attended by NHLers, such as Steven Stamkos, Mark Scheifele, Chris Tierney, Devin Shore, Matthew Tkachuk and Chris and Brandon Tanev.
“Any opportunity I get to give back to any community, whether it is in Tampa [Bay], where I play, or my hometown of Markham, or coming up here with Gary [Roberts], it’s all the same, it’s all for the cause,” Mr. Stamkos told The Standard. “I grew up privileged to be able to play sports at a young age, and I realized what that did to me as a person, and as an athlete. In order to have an event like this, you need the support from the community, and Gary’s the guy that has rallied everyone together for years, and it’s been a huge success and I’m just glad to be here.”
Mr. Roberts spoke to The Standard about what it has been like for him to be able to hold this charity tournament each year.
“It’s been amazing. The game of hockey and sports gave me everything I have in my life, so, to be part of a charity that helps people get out and play sports and pay for equipment and registrations, or whatever it may be, for kids to be active is very rewarding,” he said.
Mr. Roberts, a co-owner of Wooden Sticks, also spoke to The Standard about what it has been like to hold the tournament in Uxbridge.
“It’s a great reward for us, to be able to hold the Jumpstart tournament here at our golf course,” he said.
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