Admirals, cops to battle in annual charity hockey game

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Ontario Special Olympics will get a financial boost April 29 thanks to the Amherstburg Police Service and the Integrity Amherstburg Admirals.

The teams will square off at the Libro Centre that Friday night in a game that will contribute to the police service’s Law Enforcement Torch Run efforts. All Torch Run proceeds go to the Special Olympics.

Sgt. Mike Cox said the charity game has been taking place in Amherstburg for over 20 years in various forms. The opponents have changed over the years and now it is the Admirals who are helping raise money.

Cox said the “Polar Plunge” held earlier this year at St. Clair College helped Torch Run efforts substantially. That event had 181 “plungers” and raised $48,500.

Amherstburg police and the Amherstburg Admirals will team up for a charity hockey game April 29  to benefit the Torch Run. The Torch Run’s proceeds go towards Special Olympics. From left: Sgt. Melissa Taylor, Sgt. Mike Cox and Admirals co-owner/general manager Wes Ewer.

Amherstburg police and the Amherstburg Admirals will team up for a charity hockey game April 29
to benefit the Torch Run. The Torch Run’s proceeds go towards Special Olympics. From left: Sgt. Melissa Taylor, Sgt. Mike Cox and Admirals co-owner/general manager Wes Ewer.

“We had great success with the Polar Plunge,” said Cox. “We’re hoping to raise as much money as we can (at the hockey game) for Special Olympics.”

There is a $2 minimum donation to get into the game with tickets available at the police station, General Amherst High School or at the door. There will be door prizes and giveaways with Torch Run T-shirts and Admirals souvenirs like foam fingers, lanyards, clappers and other items to be given away.

Addy, the Admirals’ mascot, will also be on hand.

Wes Ewer, co-owner and general manager of the Admirals, said the coaches and management will be playing for the police team that night and going against the players.

“The coaches and players will be excited to go against each other,” he said. “I’m looking forward to a police victory.”

Ewer said the Jr. C franchise is always eager to help the community and they hope to get people to come out that night. The game is scheduled to run from 7-9 p.m.

The Torch Run itself will be May 25 with it scheduled to begin at the police station around lunchtime. A barbecue will be held prior to the event with staff and those supported by Community Living Essex County’s Channel Resource Centre to be on hand. Cox said the entire community is welcome to the barbecue and to participate in the run.

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