A new committee has formed to organize the Joe Robert Memorial Hockey Tournament, and provide two scholarships annually.
The committee is kicking off its first year with two $500 scholarships for Listuguj youth graduating in 2016. The committee is looking for students “who are well versed in athletics, and in academics.”
The committee hopes to carry on this scholarship. But it also has other ambitions.
“It’d be nice to have something that’s community driven, and community maintained,” said Isaac.
“Giving back to the community is something that is very important, and we hope these scholarships will help youth who are pursuing post-secondary education.”
Isaac said he can imagine a fund, designated to helping athletes whenever they need it, year-round, in a variety of ways.
For now, the scholarship coincides with the revival – and renaming – of what is now known as the Joe Robert Memorial Hockey Tournament.
The last hockey tournament was in 2013. It’s now named in honor of Joe Robert Metallic.
“He was very athletic,” Isaac said. “He was always a good supporter of athletics in the community. You’d see him at our tournaments. You’d see him at our softball games.”
Metallic was known to be playing hockey in his 70’s.
The tournament will be on January 22, at the Memorial Civic Center, with a total of at least $5,250 in prizes to be awarded to division A and division B teams. Listuguj already has teams in both divisions. The deposit deadline is January 15.
The scholarship is already accounted for, with help from donations from local businesses, including a $3,000 donations from True Sport.
A CCM RBZ Stage 2 hockey stick will be raffled off on Nov. 30, live at noon on CHRQ. Tickets are $5 for 1, or $10 for 3. There will also be a spaghetti lunch on the January 13th, as an additional fundraiser.
Proceeds will go to covering the cost of the tournament, and continuing it on an annual basis.