The Comox Valley United Div. 2 men’s soccer team raised $3,000 at the last Tom Butcher Memorial Indoor Soccer Tournament. This year’s tourney is Dec. 20-22. Scott Stanfield photo

Soccer tourney raises money for Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue

The Comox Valley United Soccer League Div. 2 men’s team is hosting its third annual Tom Butcher Memorial Indoor Tournament, Dec. 20-22 at the 19 Wing base gym.

“Tom was a long-time player with the team who was taken away from us way too early,” a news release states. “Starting in 2017 to honour our brother Tom, we have hosted an indoor soccer tournament and social in his name, raising money for the local search and rescue. These events have raised over $6,000 to date.”

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The tournament is a fun setting that has all teams wearing the same jersey — in different colours — with the highly recognizable Tom Butcher silhouette on the front.

All games are played with a five-on-five format. There will be two divisions: co-ed recreational and co-ed open. A minimum of four games will be played. The entry fee is $280 per team, which includes eight jerseys. Additional jerseys are available for sale. If you do not have a team, you can pay $35 that includes a jersey and a team will be found for you.

Email Carey at tbmemorialtourney.ca to register.

The Saturday evening features a 19-plus social at the Native Son’s Hall. It’s a night of music, drink, dancing, chat, foosball, beer pong and other sorts of fun. Doors open at 7 p.m. until late. Admission is $15 per person. Tickets can be found at Sure Copy Courtenay, Top Notch Soccer or from any Div. 2 player.

“We are hoping that this year is a sellout with a record amount of funds being raised.”

Contact Rob Caya with any questions at robcaya@hotmail.com

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