In the final home game of the regular season for the Heat men's and women's basketball teams, the Heat participated in a charity challenge to help KidSport, a nationwide not-for-profit organization, break down the financial barriers to sport for children.
For every three-pointer that the Heat were able to convert in the two games $50 would be donated to KidSport from the department of athletics and recreation at UBC’s Okanagan campus.
With charity on the line, the both Heat team's made a concerted effort to do KidSport due diligence from beyond the arc. In a game that went into overtime, the Heat men were able to contribute $500 behind 10 three-pointers that helped the Heat down the Thompson Rivers WolfPack 86-77.
The Heat women added eight three-pointers of their own, including a whopping six from Sarah Allison (2nd year, Surrey, BC), to add an additional $400.
In total, the Heat were able to contribute $900 to KidSport.
KidSport representative Carolyn Gillespie was overwhelmed by the Heat contribution.
"A big THANK-YOU to the 2012-2013 UBC Okanagan Heat Men’s & Women’s Basketball teams for their support and willingness to sponsor KidSport in Kelowna," said Gillespie. "This three-point event has assisted in giving more kids an opportunity to experience the positive benefits of organized sports in our community. We look forward to the annual event."
The director for athletics and recreation on UBC’s Okanagan campus Rob Johnson couldn't say more about the positive work of KidSport and their partnership with UBC Okanagan varsity athletics.
“UBC Okanagan and Heat athletics are very proud to be able to provide some small measure of assistance to the wonderful work being done by KidSport," said Johnson. "It is an organization that impacts every young athlete, as they all know someone who benefited from its work, and realized that their team was stronger as a result. Supporting KidSport is a tremendous way to support your community.”
This is the second straight year this exciting partnership has taken place between KidSport and the Heat. Last season in the final home game, also versus Thompson Rivers the Heat connected on a combined nine threes, raising $450 for the charity.
As mentioned, Sarah Allison (2nd year, Surrey, BC) would be the driving force behind the donation. Her six three-pointers accounted for $300 alone. Mitch Goodwin (1st year, Kelowna, BC) and Yassine Ghomari (4th year, Vancouver, BC) would be the next leading charitable players, knocking down three three-pointers apiece for a donation of $300. Landry Ndayitwayeko (4th year, Windsor, ON), Dario Gini (1st year, Kelowna, BC), Azi Fahandeg-Sadi (4th year, Kelowna, BC), Madison Kaneda (5th year, Vernon, BC), and Kayla McFadden (1st year, Pitt Meadows, BC) would round out the three-point charity spree.
For more info on the great work KidSport does please visit their website: http://www.kidsportcanada.ca/