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After getting the chance to visit invitational tournaments throughout Canada, Huskies basketball coach Stephen Tackie felt inspired to host something similar at Collège Sturgeon Heights (2665 Ness Ave.).
From Feb. 8 to 13, the high school will be hosting HIT — the Huskies Invitational Tournament. The week-long event will serve to showcase the school’s athletes, performers, artists and culinary students.
"The number one thing is for students to get a chance to participate in something memorable in their high school, for them to get to showcase their talents that maybe their teachers are the only ones who get to see it," Tackie said.
The event will also be a fundraiser, with all proceeds going to Hoops From the Heart, a St. Boniface Hospital initiative that raises money for inner-city kids and youth to participate in sports, particularly basketball. Tackie hopes that the school will reach an even bigger goal — raising enough money to provide a sports scholarship for one student to attend the University of Winnipeg or University of Manitoba.
Events include a week-long grade wars competition; a basketball game between the school’s basketball team and corrections officers; a school talent show; an art showcase; and a banquet prepared by the culinary arts students.
In addition to honouring a former Huskies coach, the banquet "is also to honor the graphic arts students that did such a great job with our logo and other promotional pieces," Tackie said.
Tackie said the students will also be getting out of the classroom to take part in few things within the community; the basketball players will be going to elementary schools during the week to read to students while the biology students are taking part in the youth bio lab at St. Boniface Hospital.
"We’ve also teamed up grades with certain schools, so the Grade 12s are going to be cheering for Westwood," Tackie said. He added that all of the visiting teams have been assigned a fan base within Surgeon Heights, which will hopefully make them feel welcome.
Art student Ciarra O’Reggio said she’s excited to be showcasing some of the work that she’s done in her IB art class.
"That’s going to be our time to shine," O’Reggio said of the art students. "I think people really underestimate what these classes can achieve for kids… it’s a great way for people to express themselves and we do learn a lot, and you do see some really, really talented people coming out of it and honing their skills through this program.
"It is a big part of our school culture."
More information about HIT can be found at sturgeonheights.sjsd.net
Community journalist — The Metro
Alana Trachenko was the community journalist for The Metro