Champlain Minor Sports Association, founded several years ago by volunteer parents to help with the organization of minor sports such as soccer and T-ball, will be making way for a new non-profit organization which will oversee minor sport activities in the Vankleek Hill area.

As was stated in Review article “Coaches needed or minor soccer program will fold”, published on March 8, 2018, the municipality was involved to a point, by storing equipment and staying up to date with what was happening by having its recreation director as a member of the association, that changed. When a volunteer shortage hit, the recreation director at that time stepped in on a volunteer basis several years ago.

“Janis Renwick did a lot as a volunteer, but because she was recreation director at the time, I think people thought the municipality was doing it. But that was not the case. She was volunteering her time,” Director of Parks and Recreation for Champlain Township, Lisa Burroughs, explained.

With the funds it had accumulated, Champlain Minor Sports assisted parents who could not otherwise afford to register their children in minor sports. With the exception of fulfilling promises already made, this too may change.

For the last soccer season, Champlain Minor Sports managed to find a few temporary volunteers to help fill the gap. However, a more permanent change had to be made in order to ensure continuity.

With the remaining funds, Champlain Minor Sports has stepped forward and financed a noteworthy change, the creation of a new non-profit called Vankleek Hill Sports Club.

Movie night under the stars

The creation of the Vankleek Hill Sports Club isn’t the only phenix that rose from the ashes of Champlain Minor Sports.

As a big “thank you” to the community, some of the remaining funds will be used to organize an event at the L’Orignal Park called Movie under the stars, where a movie will be shown outdoors.

The event will double as a fundraiser, aimed at acquiring the funds necessary to build a new play structure for the park.

The community will get to choose which movie they will be watching that new through a vote. So far, the choices are Coco (2017) and The Incredibles II (2018). More details to come through Champlain Township’s social media.