Bill Ede

Elks support spring soccer

In a small but resplendent ceremony March 1 at the Aldergrove Legion, the colours of the Aldergrove Elks and Royal Purple regalia merged with the blue and white of the Aldergrove Youth Soccer Club.

A handful of local soccer youth, dressed in their uniforms, cheered as John Jackman, events chairman of the Aldergrove Elks and Archie Radiwats, secretary of the Elks, presented Bill Ede, president of the AYSC, with a box of high quality soccer balls and a significant contribution of $3,000 towards supporting the Aldergrove Spring League Soccer season.

Bill Ede said, “The Spring League is an opportunity for young kids in Aldergrove to come out and have fun kicking a soccer ball around in a safe and supervised weekly event from April till June. Kids are organized into teams and are given uniforms but the emphasis is on fun; we have referees but otherwise the activity is more recreational than intensely competitive.”

John Jackman and the Aldergrove Elks and Royal Purple organization see this as a great opportunity to help local kids have a healthy activity after school hours.

“We are a part of a national charitable fraternal organization that supports family activities. The Aldergrove Elks Lodge is particularly happy to have funded this project totally with our own local Elks Lodge and Royal Purple resources,” said Jackman.

Another reason John Jackman was smiling that night was that the Aldergrove Spring League plays at Philip Jackman Park, next to Parkside Elementary School, which is named after John’s father.

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