DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
Project Y.O.U., a new local service group will be holding its inaugural event - a charity ball hockey tournament - this weekend at Uxbridge Arena and is seeking teams to join in the action.
Project Y.O.U. was founded earlier this year by and to serve the "Youth of Uxbridge" (or Y.O.U.).
Adrian Giacca made a presentation to council at their meeting on the morning of Monday, Aug. 11 to explain the goals of the group, and how it came to be formed.
"As a resident of this wonderful community I have been trying to involve myself with various groups and organizations. I noticed over the years I was often the youngest member and wondered why this was. I saw that there were no initiatives that the youth in this town were truly passionate about," Mr. Giacca explained. "Two months ago I wrote a quick message out to my social media networks asking if this kind of initiative would be of interest to this target group. In under two days I received an astounding response of interested young people who all wanted to contribute. Today we are now 70 members strong, who all contribute in various ways. We are proud to be a part of this community and this is how we will show it. Our aim is to provide the youth of this community an opportunity to reach their full potential."
The first event undertaken by Project Y.O.U. is a ball hockey tournament, slated for Saturday, Aug. 16 at Uxbridge Arena, running from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The event will feature two divisions, one for players 13 years and older and the other for the ages of 12 and under.
In addition to the ball hockey action, there will be food and beverages, prizes and give-aways as well as a live band, including a dunk tank and an inflatable hardest slap shot contest.
Mr. Giacca noted that the planning for this event could not have been possible without the generous support of The Bonner Boys, Gorgons, CRS Equipment Rental, and the Township of Uxbridge.
Mayor Gerri Lynn O'Connor lauded the group for their undertaking as councillors pledged their support for the ball hockey tournament.
"This sounds like an awesome event," commented Mayor O'Connor. "To be able to rally youth, it takes youth."
The group is hoping for 16 teams to take part in the event, if if you know of anyone (yourself, a friend, a child, etc.) that would be interested in playing in the inaugural Project Y.O.U. Ball Hockey Tournament, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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