Cincinnati Reds' pitching prospect Kyle Lotzkar is in town this weekend to raise food, money and clothing for the Comox Valley Food Bank. He will also be talking to student athletes about goal-setting.
Lotzka pitched Canada to a gold medal in baseball on his 22nd birthday last month at the Pan Am Games in Mexico. Marc St. Jules, Lotzkar's friend and longtime trainer, says, "It's a gift to the Comox Valley athletic community for girls and boys of all sports aged 10ish-16ish to meet Kyle and be inspired to follow their dreams."
Lotzkar will be at BodyNetix (2260 Cousins Rd., Courtenay) today (Dec. 9) from 3-4 p.m. "Your $5 donation to the food bank and any non-perishable food items and/or clean blankets and clothing gets you in the door to hear Kyle speak about the road to the big leagues, playing for your country, goal setting, visualization, staying on track, overcoming obstacles and how to avoid the most common situations teenage athletes face, particularly Grade 9-12," St. Jules said.
"Kyle will also be signing hats, clothings, balls and what have you so bring your gear. With your $5 donation you will receive a free trial session in the Wednesday afternoon youth athlete development program at BodyNetix. Parents are encouraged to come down and meet this rising star and will have the option to participate in a BodyNetix class."
On Saturday, Dec. 10 Lotzkar will be in Comox at the Purple Onion Deli (146 Port Augusta Ave.) from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and invites friends and fans to come down for a bowl of soup and sandwich. There will be time for photo opportunities and signings. A small cash donation and non-perishable food items, clean blankets and clothing is encouraged.
St. Jules said both BodyNetix and the Purple Onion will match the money and food raised for the food bank.
This is the second time Lotzkar has come to the Valley to raise food, money and awareness for those less fortunate in what is a very difficult time for many families during the holidays. Toy donations are also welcome at both locations.