Canstar Community News - ONLINE EDITION

Pros vs. Joes event for fun and funds

High school raising money and food for those in need

  • Print

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.

Facebook.com/TheMetroWPG
Twitter: @metroWPG

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

Readers' Choice Awards

Best Of Winnipeg Readers Survey

See the results of the 2014 Canstar Community News Best of Winnipeg Readers' Survey.

View Results

This Just In Twitter bird

Poll

If the NHL expands into Las Vegas, will you go to see the Jets there?

View Results