EXETER – The South Huron Sabres U13 team is hoping their recent entry into the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup can win them $100,000 that they will donate to the South Huron Hospital Foundation (SHHF).
The team posted a video on its @SabresU13 Twitter account on which team members talked about their submission and why they chose the Foundation to be the recipient of the prize money if the U13 submission is chosen the winner.
Exeter’s Rachel Skillen, whose son Ethan plays on the team, said the inspiration for entering the Good Deeds Cup occurred over the Christmas holidays when they were watching the World Junior Championship and saw commercials for the contest. Rachel and Ethan, a Grade 6 student at Exeter Elementary School, approached Ethan’s teammates to see if they were interested.
Because of the pandemic, the team, coached by Derek McLaughlin, isn’t able to be on the ice together these days, so the players were keen to work on a project and spend some time together “virtually” to plan the submission. Ethan said they discussed potential local registered charities to support, and eventually decided on the SHHF. Ethan said they chose SHHF because staff are working very hard to keep everybody safe and healthy during the pandemic.
“We wanted to give something back to them to show them our appreciation,” he said.
A video chat was held with SHHF executive director Krista McCann and she explained how the Foundation works to raise money for equipment at the hospital. Current needs at the hospital include a new ultrasound as well as other equipment.
While the U13 team was able to play a few three-on-three games earlier in the season, play is on hold right now due to COVID restrictions, and Ethan said it was fun for he and his teammates to make the video. He said he hopes the team can get back to playing soon.
The video was edited by Ethan’s mom Rachel, a teacher at St. Anne’s. The video was posted on the evening of Jan. 13, and by the next morning it had already been viewed more than 500 times. Rachel said she thought posting the video on the first night of NHL play was appropriate.
On Feb. 13, the team will learn if it has been chosen as one of the regional finalists. If they are, there will be a two-week voting period during which the team will be rallying the community to get involved in voting. At the end of February the top three submissions will be announced and then it goes to a panel of judges to decide who wins the $100,000 to donate to their charity.
The U13 team saw their season interrupted because of COVID last year while they were in the all-Ontario finals. At the time they were known as the Atom CC team and were eventually named the co-champions.