An alumni fundraiser basketball and volleyball tournament is planned for Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute (VCI) on Saturday May 21.
The fundraiser will consist of a basketball and volleyball game between former students, with the exact format still to be determined. Former students and staff can sign up by simply emailing VCI physical education teacher Dan Tremblay at [email protected] and letting him know they are interested in playing in the basketball game, or the volleyball game, or both.
One format being considered for the tournament is pre-2000 graduates versus post-2000 grads.
“Now one may think that this is an unfair matchup, but we shall see,” Tremblay chuckled. “Being a pre-2000 grad myself, I would not set it up that way if I didn’t think we had a chance to win.”
The event is aimed at helping to get the VCI Warriors and Rebels community back together.
“After a few years of non-events, it will be nice to see former students and former classmates,” Tremblay enthused.
Former teachers and students are all invited to come and cheer on classmates, even if they don’t play themselves. A few former teachers and principals have already confirmed their presence at the event. There may even be guest referees for the event – familiar local faces which former students will surely recognize.
“Sid MacCallum has just confirmed that he will volunteer to be one of the referees for the Alumni game,” Tremblay said. “Sid was a long time physical education teacher at PCPS and still referees and coaches high school basketball – this will be great!”
There will also be draws for prizes that have been donated by former VCI students who have ties to professional sports.
As of Monday, May 16, there were enough players signed up to have two basketball games, but some alumni were asking to make sure that there are enough spares (for what seems like obvious reasons). There are students from almost every decade registered.
“We are missing alumni from the ’80s – we have some from the ’70s,” Tremblay said. “It also would be great to have a few more from the ’90s.”