Many people in the community were connected in some way to Sarah, and followed her incredible story over the past few years. The one day ice hockey tournament honours Sarah by raising funds for The J’s “A Hug from Sarah” Family Crisis Fund and for the JCC Chai Sports Scholarships.

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We urge our families to participate, as a player, donor, volunteer or supporter. This will be a remarkable event, and one that makes a huge difference in the lives of so many.

We are currently looking for individuals to join our volunteer committee. If you are interested in helping out in the above areas or others, please contact Lola.


TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

WHEN: Sunday, April 14th, 2019

WHERE: Canlan York University (989 Murray Ross Pkwy)

HOW: Registration opens online on January 11th, 2019

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

THE GAMES

  • The “Skate for Sarah” Ice Hockey Tournament & charitable event began in 2015, in honor of Sarah Watkin.
  • Each team is guaranteed to play three games.
  • All games will consist of three, 12-minute periods with stop time in the last minute of the third period.
  • All teams must be ready to play at least 15 minutes prior to scheduled time.
  • Before every game, there will be a 2-minute warm up.
  • Mercy Rule: If a team leads by five or more goals in the third period of the game, running time will commence and will only revert back to stop time if the spread is reduced to within five goals.
  • Ties will be broken by a shoot-out by one player on each team, until a winner is declared.
  • All schedules are subject to change by the SFS committee up until the day of the event.

ELIGIBILITY AND PARTICIPATION

  • To be eligible, your teams needs a minimum of 11 and can have a maximum 17.
  • Adult Teams must raise a minimum of $2,500 to participate, while youth teams must raise a minimum of $1,800.
  • If teams do not raise the required minimum by the deadline they may not be permitted to play in the tournament.
  • If participating as an individual, the required minimum for fundraising is $180 for an adult and $100 for a youth player.
  • Each player will get their own donation and support page.
  • Any donations received by the Skate for Sarah up to that point will be given to the the charities.
  • Teams will be categorized by the following divisions:  2004-2005, 2006-2007, 2008-2009 and adult (18+).

MEDIA

CTV Toronto: Hockey players skate for young girl

In 2018, Skate for Sarah received tremendous media coverage and the event was featured on several mainstream media outlets including CTV, Global, CP 24 and CBC.

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Skate for Sarah honours brave Thornhill girl

Sarah Watkin passed away last year on Nov. 2. after succumbing to a rare and  extremely aggressive form of blood cancer at the age of seven. But the late  Thornhill resident’s life still remains close to many people’s hearts.

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JCCs of Greater Toronto hold ‘Skate for Sarah’ hockey tournament

“Are you ready to skate for Sarah?” This was the rally cry uttered by local on air sports personalities including TSN’s Michael Landsberg, ESPN’s Dan Shulman and ET Canada’s Rick Campanelli among others.

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John Tory Attends Skate for Sarah

Dropped by #SkateForSarah hockey tournament. The event aims to raise awareness & funds for children with pediatric disabilities & illnesses.

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Skate for Sarah raises 20,900 for SickKids Foundation

Thanks to the Watkin family & Skate for Sarah hockey tourney organizers/supporters for raising $20,900 for SickKids.

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MEET THE CHARITIES

JCC Chai Sports engages over 2,000 kids every year through our hockey, basketball and baseball programs. Playing team sports is character building, providing vital learning for a child’s physical, social, and emotional development. Unfortunately, the cost is often prohibitive and many families are unable to send their kids because of it. The Scholarship Fund ensures that every child who wants to play has a spot on a team, regardless of capacity. Over 20% of JCC Chai Sports participants are on a Scholarship.
The Hug from Sarah Fund supports families during times of crisis and personal hardship. The J provides social, recreational and educational resources to children, youth, adults and seniors when they need their community the most. This fund gives respite to parents and children to support the healing process, promote well-being and offers needed respite.

2019 Tournament Prizes

We have some unbelievable prizes that will be given away to top fund raisers, top weekly fund raisers, tops teams and much more. Please see just some of these incredible prizes below:

  • VIP MLSE EXPERIENCE
  • TRIP TO MONTREAL
  • MEET AND GREET WITH TORONTO PERSONALITIES
  • VIP GOLF EXPERIENCE
  • AUTHENTIC DRAFT ITEMS

Other prizes include: Maple Leaf Tickets, Raptors Tickets, Toronto FC Tickets, Concert Tickets, Autographed sports memorabilia, pics memorabilia and much more.