All is Well in Soccer – So Far
The provincial government’s decision to ease the COVID-19 regulations on distancing and group sizes came as a relief to nearly everyone involved in sports of all kinds, but it’s likely that soccer addicts – of which there are many – were happier than most.
A good example is Mike Thome, executive director of the Edmonton District Soccer Association, which provides a year-long competitive home for some male and female 30,000 athletes – 20,000 in the youth category and about 10,000 in the adult bracket, aged 17 to 45.
Thome, who once worked for the indoor Edmonton Trappers and also spent time in the Edmonton Eskimos front office, let his enthusiasm show as he discussed the positive picture that took shape this week for his game and his combination of leagues and divisions covering the Greater Edmonton area and spreading at least as far as Drayton Valley and Camrose.
Almost certainly, the flattest spot came about three months ago, when COVID-19 unsettled Alberta and the rest of the world. As sports officials rushed to make the correct decisions, the Alberta Soccer Association announced the cancellation of all playoffs for 2020. Normally, the finals are staged on Labour Day weekend. This year, almost certainly, league games will take their place.
“We could get started on our league play on around July 15, maybe a little earlier,” Thome said hopefully. “With no playoffs, if things go well, we should be able to keep going until September.”
Certainly, that’s welcome news for teams that rushed to re-submit their 2020 financial applications this week. “We lost about 100 teams right away after the virus hit,” said Thome. “Already, we’ve had several send us money (or at least) notified us that they’re coming back.”
There is, of course, continuing focus on Edmonton FC and Calgary’s Foothills franchise, which renewed their training for what seems to be a promising development in the Canadian Premier League. Thome is among those who remember the arrival of the Edmonton Drillers into international soccer after Peter Pocklington purchased the Oakland Stompers for his outdoor team and the Chicago Power to play indoors.
Soccer’s growth in Alberta’s growth in soccer since those days has been astonishing although, somehow, the province’s high school teams do not compete for a provincial title while rugby and other sports consider any provincial crown to be well worth pursuing.
Thome admitted to some surprise that no such crown is available. Every significant part of the province has youth and adult (even senior) players in abundance.
But there are other, large issues on hand right now.
An admitted highlight was the permission for as many as 50 to gather in a group. “Now, two teams can practice and work out together,” Thome said. But the competitors must stick together; before they can work with other opposition, the familiar 14-day shutdown period must take effect.
“Players are expected to maintain their (two-metre) distance almost all the time,” Thome explained. “Now, thougn, it’s OK for two players to compete for a ball. If they get too close together for a few seconds, it will be allowed.
Under the relaxed rules, goalkeepers ae free to put their hands on a ball, which means live challenge on shots and spreading the ball to teammates. Individuals are permitted to pass back and forth although previously “it would have been best for every player to bring his (or her) own ball. They could work on the skill of dribbling, but they couldn’t pass to other players.”
At this point, the picture is thoroughly positive. Soccer players and fans have their fingers crossed that it will stay that way.
Local moving company donating 101 moves to support vulnerable Canadians this holiday season
Submitted by Two Small Men with Big Hearts Moving
Two Small Men with Big Hearts Moving is moving joy, one community organization at a time
This holiday season, Two Small Men with Big Hearts Moving (“Two Small Men”) is spreading joy, seeking to donate 101 moves to community organizations that support at-risk individuals. With inflation at an all-time high and the higher stresses that come with the holiday season and colder weather, Two Small Men is looking to give back to the local markets they operate in during this time of need. This marks the third year for this initiative, which Two Small Men was inspired to launch in 2020, following the hardships of COVID-19. The campaign has grown year-over-year, from 25 donated moves in 2020, to 80 moves in 2021, and now with a goal of 101 moves for 2022.
Two Small Men has a long history in Red Deer having supported the Red Deer Food Bank, Bridges Community Living, and the Alberta Motor Association in past years. They are also always actively searching for new community organizations to partner with to support with donated moving services.
This holiday season, Two Small Men will be helping organizations that support vulnerable communities with everything from moving mass amounts of food to local food banks, to supporting shelters with moving individuals into new homes, to moving toys for underprivileged children.
Two Small Men’s community-first mindset is a key part of its identity. Written right into the name, it is a moving company with a big heart, that cares deeply about giving back. Two Small Men has developed a robust community giving program that supports a variety of non-profit and charitable organizations with in-kind moving services, donation collection initiatives, and other financial contributions. Each year, the business redirects 10 per cent of its annual profits to community giving and other charitable operations. In 2022, Two Small Men projects this will translate into a donation fund of $200,000, with the goal of growing to give $750,000 annually in the next 10 years.
“Moving people’s possessions is our business, but the heart of what we do is really all about supporting the people who make up our communities,” says Addison Parfeniuk, CEO, Two Small Men Big Hearts Moving. “We know that the winter season can be an especially challenging time for many people, and it is our hope that by partnering with local organizations such as the Red Deer Food Bank, we will be able to fill the real needs of real people in the Red Deer community.”
Charitable and non-profit organizations are encouraged to submit their moving needs for consideration in this year’s Season of Giving campaign.
For more information, please visit https://twosmallmen.com/about-us/giving-back/.
About Two Small Men
Two Small Men with Big Hearts Moving is a Canadian moving company focused on supporting customers through every stage of their move, big or small. Founded in 1982, the company has 25 offices across the country with major operations in Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Kelowna, and Winnipeg, and a fleet of more than 100 moving trucks. Committed to giving back to their communities, they donate 10 per cent of their profits each year to relevant charities and organizations that are serving the community.
Tickets on sale! The Red Deer Kinsmen Dream Home Lottery is back for 2022
For 42 years, the Red Deer Kinsmen Dream Home Lottery has been raising funds for the Red Deer community. As a proud volunteer-based organization, all proceeds for the Lottery go to support local groups, programs and initiatives in Red Deer and surrounding areas. Albertans can once again help the Red Deer Kinsmen share the winning and make a local impact by supporting this important annual community event.
“The Dream Home Lottery is the cornerstone of the Red Deer Kinsmen’s contribution to the community’s greatest needs. Many of the new playgrounds and sporting facilities you see are funded completely or partially with funds raised by the Lottery” – Leonard Sisco, Lottery Chairperson.
This year’s lottery is offering 117 amazing prizes valued at over $900,000. The Grand Prize Dream Home by Alair Homes is in the community of Timberlands
and is valued at $810,000, including furnishings. It features a Scandinavian modern style with vaulted ceilings, a private upstairs master retreat with its
own south-facing balcony, and 2 sizeable bedrooms on the main floor. To encourage supporters to buy their tickets early, there is a brand-new Buick Encore GX AWD OR $25,000 up for grabs as an Early Bird prize. The deadline to qualify for this additional Early Bird draw is December 29th
Tickets are $100 each, 5 for $150, 15 for $250 or the best chance to win package at 50 for $350.
Also back again this year is the ever-popular 50/50 Cash Raffle where one lucky ticket holder will take home half of the total ticket sales. Last year’s winner took
home a whopping $157,395 in cash.
Tickets are $10 each, 10 for $25, 25 for $50 or 50 for $75.
Red Deer Kinsmen Dream Home Lottery License #575571 / 50/50 Cash Raffle License #575572
The final ticket deadline for both lotteries is February 2nd. The final draws will be held February 16, 2023.
Tickets can be purchased online at reddeerkinsmenlottery.com or by calling 1.833.511.3863.
2022 Red Deer Kinsmen Dream Home Lottery
• This is the 42nd year of the lottery and the 41st Dream Home. Support local and have a chance to win!
EARLY BIRD PRIZE
• #1 – 2022 Encore GX AWD OR $25,000 CASH – Deadline: December 29, 2022
o Draw will take place on January 12, 2023, at Stride Management Corp. (12:00 pm)
**Only tickets purchased before 11:59 pm on Dec 29, 2021, will be eligible for the Early Bird
GRAND PRIZE DREAM HOME
The Viking by Alair Homes – 388 Timberlands Drive, community of Timberlands Red Deer, AB
• Valued at $810,000! With furnishings.
• 117 prizes worth over $900,000 to be won!
• Prizes include vacations, home renovations, epic experiences, exercise equipment, tech, cash, and so much more!
THE 50/50 CASH RAFFLE
• Win half of an ever-increasing jackpot!
• Tickets are easy to buy – 1 for $10, 10 for $25, 25 for $50 or 50 for $75. Purchasers are not required to purchase a ticket in the Red Deer Kinsmen Dream Home Lottery to purchase tickets in the 50/50 Cash Raffle lottery.
• For a list of charities that benefit from the 50/50 Cash Raffle, please visit reddeerkinsmen.com
• Ticket Cut-off is February 2, 2023 (11:59 pm)
• Final Draws will take place February 16, 2023 at Stride Management Corp. (11:00 am)
Red Deer Kinsmen Dream Home Lottery Licence #606030 / 50/50 Cash Lottery Licence #606031
1 for $100 • 5 for $150 • 15 for $250 and our best value 50 for $350
**Minimum prize value is $100**
Since 1937 The Red Deer Kinsmen have helped support a multitude of local charities and initiatives in the Red Deer community and surrounding areas. The need is greater than ever this year. Proceeds raised from our generous supporters help improve the lives of thousands of in our community. Go to https://reddeerkinsmenlottery.com/cause/ for a full list of our partners.
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