The Yorkton Regional High School (YRHS) and Sacred Heart High School (SHHS) senior boys basketball teams who hosted the York City Classic basketball tournament held at the end of January recently donated the gate proceeds to the Canadian Cancer Society. The donation was made in the name of Carla Gabel, the mother of one of the players who succumbed to breast cancer this past year, reports Jason Payne coach of the YRHS Senior Raiders.
Payne and SHHS Senior Saints coach Garrett Karcha who cohosted the York City Classic decided to donate gate proceeds which came to $800 to charity and this year the cancer society was the recipient in memory of Jake and Zak Gabel’s mother, Karcha explains. He says the Classic will continue to make similar donations to the cancer society in the future.
Canadian Cancer Society representative Janet Sharpe says the society appreciates the donation. “It’s nice to see the kids are involved in raising funds being there to support each other, too,” Sharpe adds.
Senior Saints team captain Nathan Ruff says the donation was a very good idea. “It was kind of extra cool for me and Ben too because we’re both friends with Jake and Zak, Carla’s kids. It made it a little more special for us,” Ruff comments.
Senior Raiders captain Ben Redl says he was all for the special donation as it shows support and remembrance for those who suffered through breast cancer and will go to help find a cure. “Everyone knows someone affected by cancer,” Redl closes.