"It's not usually about the hockey," said staff sgt. Michael Chapman, the team's captain. "Last year we just happened to win. The fundraising is what we focus on."
In fact, the police have been the top fundraisers at the tournament since they started taking part, collecting an average of $2,000 each year.
"We're supported by the police services board and by the police association and as a result, we've been able to be the top fundraiser," Chapman said. "We like to support the families of children and youth with disabilities."
The 13th annual four-on-four tournament takes place Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the parking lot of Cousin Vinny's at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre. The event features street hockey players made up of participants from local businesses and corporate teams who fundraise and compete in support of children and youth with physical disabilities. The day also includes silent and live auctions, face painting and a fishing pond, as well as awards for sportsmanship, spirit, and best team-themed costumes.
Since 1999, the Power Play tournament has raised more than $2 million for Easter Seals kids. Those funds provide assistance to families of children with physical disabilities for mobility equipment and communication devices, such as wheelchairs, walkers and braces. The money also allows those children to attend fully accessible Easter Seals camps.
"There are so many reasons to organize a Power Play team," said Roxanne Kneer, development officer with Easter Seals Ontario. "It's a great way for companies to build team spirit and morale, while at the same time helping kids with physical disabilities. It truly is a win-win event."
To register for the tournament, or for more information, contact Easter Seals Ontario at 705-566-8858 or visit www.easterseals.org/events/power-play.