The Kemptville Storm Peewee house team is heading off the ice this holiday season, for a different kind of competition. The Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup is a competition meant to encourage Peewee teams throughout the country to do good deeds in their community. A team must submit a one-minute video of their team doing good deeds to be entered to win a grand prize of $10,000 towards a charity of their choice. The top team will also be featured on Hockey Night in Canada, have a winner’s ceremony in their home town, receive Hockey Canada and Chevrolet swag, and have their name engraved on the Good Deeds Cup.
Although it was Kemptville Storm hockey dad and assistant coach John MacLean’s idea to enter the girls in the competition, they are all very excited to do their part to help out in the community. “Everyone is volunteering to do something,” says hockey mom and team manager Marie-Maddalena MacLean.
The 10-12 year-old girls will be participating in several fundraisers in the community, as well as taking on some other initiatives themselves. The 13 girls on the team are currently collecting pledges for the Salvation Army Santa Shuffle 5km run at the Ferguson Forest Centre on December 1. On December 8, the girls will be manning the Salvation Army Christmas Kettles at Walmart, Food Basics, B&H, Canadian Tire, and Independent. They will be wearing their jerseys, ringing bells, and handing out candy canes, while accepting donations to support the Salvation Army’s efforts.
The team will also be going in to Bayfield Manor on December 15 to help nursing home residents prepare for Christmas by writing cards and wrapping presents. Finally, the girls will be writing Christmas cards to send to serving military members at their annual holiday party.
Marie-Maddalena says they will be documenting all these good deeds and submitting their video to meet the competition deadline of January 2, 2019. They will also be documenting their efforts on Facebook under Kemptville Storm Peewee house Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup, so the community can follow what the girls are up to. “We want Kemptville to be behind us and support us in bringing the cup back to our hometown,” Marie-Maddalena says.
She points out that the overarching goal of the competition is to teach the girls how important it is to donate their time to help the community. “Every little bit helps,” she says.