Members of the Central Cyclones boys soccer team present Stefanie Palmer, Settlement Services Manager at the Moose Jaw Multicultural Council (centre) with a team poster after their 2A provinicial bronze medal win. In the back row, assistant coach Michele Smith and Joseph Taban. In the front row, from left is Wilson Ntignee, Elyas Adam and assistant coach Ray Rawlyk. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
The Central Cyclones boys soccer team had a very successful season, winning bronze at the 2A provincial championships held in Yorkton in October. Although the season has come to an end for the boys, some of the members were on hand at Central Collegiate on Wednesday afternoon to say thank you to some of their major sponsors, including the Moose Jaw Multicultural Council.
“We are very proud to support them and we think it is very important and integral part of the settlement and integration process to have them involved in physical activity,” said Stefanie Palmer, Settlement Services Manager at the Moose Jaw Multicultural Council. “They were once our clients, so it make me happy to see them succeed and be able to access mainstream services.”
The Moose Jaw Multicultural Council obtained a grant worth $25,000 from the True Sport Foundation in February 2010 and those funds were used to help support the team with transportation, equipment and field time, as well as other youth camps and registration fees for other sports.
“It is important to us because they are clients of the Multicultural Council and work with them and their parents are a regular basis, so it’s not rocket science to be able support our own,” said Palmer.
There was enough boys interested in playing soccer that the Cyclones had a junior and senior boys team this season.
“It wouldn’t have happened…this team would not have happened otherwise,” said assistant coach Ray Rawlyk of the support from the Council.
“People like Stefanie at Moose Jaw Multicultural we so appreciate,” said Michele Smith, a teacher and assistant coach with the Central Cyclones boys soccer team.
For more on this story, read Thursday's Times-Herald.