Support for sport in 12-hour challenge

by | Mar 24, 2014 | Sports

PJ Valois
Sports Reporter

Humber Athletics is hosting its first 12-hour Activity Challenge on March 28.

The event is part of this year’s new “Hawks Have Heart” community project, which encourages Humber’s athletes to get involved in charitable endeavors around the community, said varsity academic advisor Monique Haan, who is organizing the event.

The challenge is in support of the Right to Play Foundation, an international organization that raises funds to help people in countries around the world participate in fun, physical activities that they normally would have no access to, explained Haan.

“I figured it was a great idea to introduce the concept of sport for development to broaden the awareness of what sport can do,” she said.

Right to Play organizes students around those goals, said president of the Humber College chapter of Right to Play, Danielle MacMillan.

The event begins at 6 p.m. and runs until 6 a.m. the following day and will be held in the Humber North gym and community pool.

Teams of 10 to 12 people will be competing in games such as bump basketball, blind volleyball and floor hockey.

“For every $50 raised it can grant one student with programming for a full year,” said Haan, who emphasized the relatively low cost of providing those in need with the gift of sport.

The event also features Right to Play games such as “mosquito tag,” which is used in developing countries as a fun way to teach children the dangers of malaria and how to avoid the deadly disease, said MacMillan.

As it is the first year that this event is being hosted, interest thus far has been low, said 12-hour Activity Challenge committee member Megan VanKeulen.

“Hopefully more individuals will be interested so that we can do more events like this one.”