On Sunday, June 10th, the second annual "PJ Walk For Kids" was held in support of the Ronald MacDonald House Charities Atlantic, an organization that helps families with sick children stay together and near the medical care they need. Storm was pleased to be a part of the day....
When Coach Mark Harper was approached by friends on the Board of the Halifax Ronald MacDonald House Charity and was informed about an upcoming event that could benefit from his help, he didn't hesitate in participating. Taking part in an event that would not only introduce the game of soccer to some children new to the game, but would also add a fun element into a fundraising event for a worthy cause, was definitely something he wanted to be involved in.
Ronald McDonald House Charities® Atlantic helps families with sick children stay together and near the medical care they need. Their programs include Ronald McDonald House, a “home-away-from-home” for out of town families with sick children, and Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, an oasis of calm and support inside the hospital.
Asked to run a short soccer based activity during the event, Coach Mark knew just who to call to give him some support, his protegee Coach Noah Lincourt. No stranger to impacting change in his community (Noah has been an active volunteer both locally and globally for many years), Noah quickly agreed to join Mark on the day.
Our coaches arrived bright and early, keen to get set up quickly so they could join other volunteers for a tasty pancake breakfast. After fueling up, Mark and Noah ran dribbling and shooting drills for all the kids at the event, finishing up with the ever popular "Kids' vs Coaches" scrimmage.
When asked why he felt it was important for Storm to support other like minded charitable organizations, Mark replied, " The children that use Ronald MacDonald House Charity in Halifax are in need of immediate medical attention and they need their families close by." Mark continued, "We feel that Storm should support charitable events like "PJ Walk for Kids" and give back to our community, especially showing support for groups that help children. This is close to the hearts of everyone involved at Storm Soccer Club."
Coach Noah also seemed to enjoy the day, putting on a impromptu juggling performance in between demonstrating skills and drills. "Seeing all the kids in the scrimmage, swarming and running, it was a very memorable day for me." Coach Mark concurred, "Those happy smiling faces of all the kids we met....that's the power of the soccer ball."