(SACKVILLE, N.B) - Members of the Mount Allison Mounties women’s hockey and men’s football teams took to the streets of Sackville earlier this month to raise money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Thirteen women’s hockey Mounties along with a handful of Mount Allison football players joined forces with local restaurant and regular Mounties supporter Joey’s Pizza & Pasta on Sept. 15 to take part in the Big Bike fundraiser for Heart and Stroke.
With a driver from the organization guiding, riders pedal a large multi-passenger bike through their community raising money and awareness for the cause.
“As a team, we like to get involved in the community,” said fifth-year women’s hockey player Kristen Cooze. “I think that a major part of it is that we want to give back to the community for the support that they give us throughout our season. The Big Bike ride was a fantastic experience and our team really enjoyed being a part of raising some money to support the Heart and Stroke Foundation.”
Filling 26 seats and raising a total of $1,300 for the cause, the group of Mounties made the 2km trek through Sackville not once, but twice.
“Once everyone was registered, we rode the Big Bike around Sackville and finished back at Joey’s,” explained Cooze. “The [guide] jokingly asked us if we wanted to go again, and we figured it would be fun so we made a trip around the 2km track again! Anything to support the cause.”
The veteran Mounties defenceman from Kippens, Nfld. noted that the community they support through events such as this one has been showing their team increased support as well. “Over the last year, we have had a lot more people coming to attend our games and give us the support we need to keep moving forward and get better and achieve more success as a team,” she said.
In an effort to give back, the Mounties are also volunteering with the 14th annual Sackville Fall Fair and are currently running their first community hockey camp “to get the kids back on the ice and enjoying the game we love so much!” explains Cooze.
“We just love to get out there and involve ourselves and help people out any chance we get,” she added. “I also think that by doing things such as this, it brings us together more as a group, which is helpful both on and off the ice.”
The Mounties women’s hockey team begins regular season play Friday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. when the host the Dalhousie Tigers in their home opener.