Putting the fun into FUNdraising, the Jack Drury Dirtball Tournament has become a tradition to raise funds for youth mental health and sports.
Approximately 120 players on 12 teams turned out for the second annual flag-footbal tournament to help raise funds for WES for Youth Mental Health and the Saugeen District Secondary School (SDSS) Royals football team.
With team names like Jitterbugs, Misfits, Landsharks, Town Girls and Dirt Devils, you know this was a fun tournament at Pierson Park in Port Elgin.
The tournament is held in memoriam for former Royal football team player, Jack Drury.
Drury, who graduated from Saugeen District Secondary School (SDSS) in 2017, took his own life that summer.
Joey Wentworth who had coached Drury during his high school football years, decided to organize the ‘Dirtball Tournament’ to help raise funds for youth through WES.
WES (Wellness & Emotional Support) for Youth was started in 2012 by the Cameron family of Walkerton after their 16 year-old son, Wes Cameron, took his own life in 2011. WES provides anonymous free online counselling for youth aged 13 to 24 who live in Grey and Bruce counties. http://www.wesforyouthonline.ca
Following the ‘Dirtball’games, the teams gathered at the Queen’s Bar & Grill for an auction and, at the end of the day, more than $13,000 was raised.
A donation will be made to WES for Youth in Walkerton on Thursday, August 15th.