They scored in droves in June, and in October, the rewards were reaped.
On Wednesday, three local groups focusing on youth programs received $3,000 each from CLUB11, an entity of the Prince George Youth Soccer Association.
We held a Score-a-Thon in June, said CLUB11 director Mario Mastroianni. It was one day where everybody played, and we tallied all the goals.
Players had been doing fundraising, collecting either flat donations or donations per goal.
There were more than 580 goals, and we raised $13,000.
The top fundraiser was five-year-old Brody Stafford. His mother, Lesley, said they went countrywide to raise $585.
We put the word out at home, which was Prince Rupert, and we called his grandparents in St. Johns, Newfoundland.
Everybody pitched in.
CLUB11 kept $4,000 of the funds raised within the PGYSA to purchase a soccer mascot costume, which will assist in promoting the game in the city.
The three groups which received cheques on Wednesday were:
Jumpstart, a Canadian tire program which assists families that cannot afford to enrol their children in sport or recreation ctivities;
Northern BC Friends of Children Society, which assists families with a children in extraordinary medical need; and
Special Olympics BC, which provides individuals with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to enrich their lives through positive sport experiences.
This was the first year for the Score-a-Thon, and CLUB11 director Dean Rolufs doesnt think it will be the last.
We plan to make this an annual event for our group.