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Hemmingford Sports Committee: Saturday activities aim to enhance ‘sense of belonging’

The Hemmingford Sports Committee (HSC) has launched a new campaign where it will host a community event on the first Saturday of every month from April until September. This is the second year that the HSC is running summer programming, but last year the events didn’t have a set time each month.

“One main part of our mission still remains to create community connection and involvement across citizens of all generations and demographics,” says Devon Watt, one of the HSC’s organizers. The HSC organizes sports programming like soccer and dek hockey, but is bringing in Saturday activities for people who are not generally involved in sports. “We will host different events and tournaments that feature games for adults, kids, and kids versus adults,” she adds.

 

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Watt explains that at the HSC, most members have grown up in Hemmingford and have benefitted from the town’s community activities over the years. Organizers hope that through the various programs at the HSC, they will be able to give back to the community that has provided them with so much. “The life skills learned from playing sports as well as a sense of belonging to a community is so important, it’s something we aim to foster at all of our events for people of all ages,” Watt says, adding that everyone belongs at these events, whether they want to participate or even just watch. “Everyone is welcome, everyone is included,” she says.

The money raised at the Saturday activities will help the HSC provide more affordable access to its regular sports programs. “Our mission is to offer equal access to quality sporting opportunities so that [others] can benefit just as we did.” Watt shares. The money will pay for registration and equipment and merch like t-shirts and hats which helps to “really foster that sense of belonging” for the participants.

The first event took place on April 6 and was a trivia night. In May, there will be a dodgeball tournament, followed by a washers tournament in June, a dek hockey tournament in July, a volleyball tournament in August, and a kickball tournament in September. For more information, follow the HSC on Facebook to keep up to date with events.

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