The first annual ‘Dirt Bowl’ flag-football fundraising tournament for WES (Wellness ad Emotional Support) for Youth On-line and the Saugeen District Secondary School (SDSS) Royal Football team was, hands-down, a winner.
The fundraiser was an initiative by SDSS Football coach Joey Wentworth ‘in memoriam’ for a former student player, Jack Drury, who took his own life one year ago. Wentworth’s team was the XXXIII (33) named after Drury’s team number.
WES for Youth was founded in 2012 by Jamie and Yolanda Cameron after losing their son, Wes, to suicide. Its Mission Statement is “To provide wellness and emotional support for youth through online professional counselling in a safe, secure, and confidential manner.”
The first ‘Dirt Bowl’ tournament had an incredible response with nine teams participating raising almost $9,000 ($8,436.25) in conjunction with a silent auction and tickets to the after-tournament ‘ribfest’ at the Queen’s Bar & Grill in Port Elgin.
“I was amazed by the support,” said Wentworth. “We had a first-time goal of $3,000 so to almost triple it is incredible.”
The winning teams were: Town Crew (1st), XXXIII (2nd) and Hopcraft (3rd).