Kelowna kids flag football team wins a trip of a lifetime

The team will represent B.C. in the CFL/NFL Flag National tournament during Grey Cup week

Kids from the Okanagan will travel to Edmonton Nov. 13 for a sports adventure of a lifetime.

The Kelowna Junior Sun team won a tournament a few months ago in Vancouver which qualified them to represent B.C. in the CFL NFL Flag National tournament during Grey Cup week.

These children will have the opportunity to compete against nine other teams from Canada during the Grey Cup festivities.

Then the winner from this tournament will move on to represent Canada at the NFL Pro Bowl in January held in Orlando, Florida.

Kelowna Jr. Sun head coach Brandon Thompson said this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for these young athletes.

“I am so proud to be associated with such a great group of kids,” he said. “I really believe this team has a chance to advance to the Pro Bowl.”

While the team did win an all-expense paid trip to the Grey Cup, it did not cover the entire roster and a GoFundMe has been started to pay for three additional athletes, as well as ’swag’ for the team members.

According to Thompson the team also hopes to raise funds to extend the trip so that players and their parents can stay and watch the Grey Cup game in November.

So far just over $600 has been raised of the $10,000 in the GoFundMe goal.

There are also four fund-raising events taking place over the next two months in support of this team:

  • Sept. 8 – Okanagan Sun Football game, BBQ and raffle
  • Sept. 22 – Okanagan Sun Football game BBQ and raffle
  • Oct. 7 – Okanagan Sun Football game BBQ and raffle
  • Oct. 15 – Monday Night Football at Okanagan Brew Pub

This is the second year the CFL and NFL have partnered on the Flag Football program in Canada that will host regional tournaments in each of the nine CFL cities, with a 10th tournament added in 2018 to take place in Atlantic Canada.

According to the CFL, this partnership to support flag football provides opportunities for children to participate in a fun, safe physical activity. The games is non-contact, continuous action and provides children with education on the fundamentals of football, lessons in teamwork and sportsmanship. Check out flagfootball.ca for more information.


@Jen_zee
jen.zielinski@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Telephone poles placed in centre of sidewalk angers West Kelowna watchdog

Audience Group calls placement of poles in new Boucherie Road upgrade project ‘idiocy’

Kelowna asking public to help update its Cultural Plan

Second survey this year to posted to gather public input about cultural programs and services

Three candidates drop out of Central Okanagan municipal election

Two running for Peachland/OK West trustee and OK East rural director candidate step aside

West Kelowna water warning downgraded

City lowers boil water notice for Lakeview water system to a water quality advisory

Ancestral remains uncovered at Fintry to be reburied

Remains found along Shorts Creek in Fintry Provincial Park during flood remediation measures

Your weekend weather update

Rain continues to move right across the Okanagan, Shuswap and Similkameen.

B.C. premier apologizes for removal of 1950s totem pole at Canada-U.S. border

First Nations say pole was raised at Peace Arch but removed to make way for tourism centre

Tornado touches down in Ottawa and Gatineau, Que.

Environment Canada says cars and homes have been damaged by severe thunderstorms and high wind gusts

Low risk associated with case of pneumococcal disease in the South Okanagan

No identified risk to the public from recent case of pneumococcal disease with associated meningitis

An unexpected sight: Bear spotted eating another bear in central B.C.

Cheslatta Carrier Nation Chief finds bear eating another bear’s carcass

RCMP confirm death of missing BC teen Jessica Patrick

No details on cause were given. Case is under criminal investigation and police are asking for tips.

CUTENESS OVERLOAD: 2 sea otters hold hands at the Vancouver Aquarium

Holding hands is a common – and adorable – way for otters to stay safe in the water

B.C. teen with autism a talented guitarist

Farley Mifsud is gaining fans with every performance

Yukon man facing new attempted murder charge in B.C. exploding mail case

Leon Nepper, 73, is now facing one charge each of aggravated assault and attempted murder

Most Read