Sturgeon Heights Collegiate (2665 Ness Ave.) held its fifth annual Pros vs. Joes sports competition from Dec. 2 to 6 at 12:10 p.m. each day in the school gym.
Each day featured different "Pros" to play against the "Joes", which are the students.
Phys-ed teacher Deborah Einarson Woods said students applied to be the Joes, and this year they are Ben McMahon, Will Switzer, Matt Jonsson, Kahlil LaKay, and Michael Hart.
The Pros on Dec. 2 were Winnipeg Blue Bombers Chris Greaves, Teague Sherman, Brett Carter and Ryan Lucas, and the Edmonton Eskimos’ Eddie Steele. On Dec. 3, the Pros consisted of Sturgeon Heights Collegiate’s Teacher Dream Team, a team made up of several teachers. The Pros on Dec. 4 were Virgin Radio personalities Ace Burpee, Chrissy Troy, and Lloyd the Intern. On Dec. 5, the Pros were Bison football players Anthony Coombs, Kienan Lafrance, Sanu Kainth, David Onyemata, Lauren Kroeker, DJ Lalama, Kent Hicks, and Evan Gill.
The reason the high school puts on the event is to raise money and collect food items. Woods said she created the event five years ago because of something she noticed on a field trip.
"In the winter, I take the kids cross-country skiing, and it always bothered me that some kids don’t participate because they don’t have a winter jacket. And that’s not by choice," Woods said.
For students to attend the event, they must bring either two food items or a $2 donation for each day. The money and food collected goes to non-profit organization Project Echo.
Woods tried to create a fundraiser that would be fun and bring in lots of people.
"I thought Pros vs. Joes would be perfect, because it brings in professional, non-professional, or amateur athletes to play (silly, made-up games) against our students," Woods said.
According to a release, Project Echo is "creating deluxe Christmas hampers for 75 families this holiday season. (Fifty) of these families are from the St. James-Assiniboia School Division."
"Fifteen of those 50 families are students that go to Sturgeon Heights Collegiate," Woods said.
On the final day of Pros vs. Joes, eight schools from the school division came down to Sturgeon Heights Collegiate for the Rock Paper Scissors Ultimate Fighting Championship, something Woods started just last year.
"If I got more schools involved, then more money and hamper items would come in," Woods said. "We get kids from Grades 2 to 12 coming in to fight against each other in rock-paper-scissors."
For more information about Pros vs. Joes, contact Sturgeon Heights Collegiate at 204-888-0684.