2022 Coach Phil Senior Soccer Tournament
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POINTE-CLAIRE – In association with Soccer Pointe-Claire, The Coach Phil Foundation is hosting an inaugural, special fundraising tournament in support of the ALS Society of Quebec in order to support patients and fund research into new treatments for the devastating condition commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Founded by Pointe-Claire resident, Phil Lalonde, the tournament is going to be a yearly event on local soccer calendars where friends, participants, and supporters can join together in an effort to kick Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
“I’ve been coaching soccer for more than 30 years and this tournament is my way to raise awareness and funds for this important cause,” Lalonde said.
It’s a challenge that is not only important on every level to Lalonde, it’s also personal. Lalonde himself was diagnosed with the disease in September.
“I believe in keeping a positive attitude no matter what. ALS challenges that every day, but so far, with the help of the ALS society and my army of family and friends, I’m staying true to myself.”
The campaign has already raised more than $18,000 and has a target amount of $50,000. You can donate or take part in accepting Coach Phil’s challenge by recording your soccer skills. Details for the challenge and donations can be found on our Facebook page.
The tournament will take place at Terra-Cotta Park in Pointe-Claire on June 18-19 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with 13 Pointe-Claire senior recreational teams aging from 18 up participating. Next year the we hope to double that involvement by inviting teams from other clubs across the province.
An opening ceremony for the tournament will take place on Saturday, June 18 around 9:45 a.m. when the competitions starts.
Players and supporters can enjoy the games and a picnic table area for lunch with food trucks from Wild Willy’s and Birdhouse Wingerie & Bar will be on site. There will be some great prizes in our raffle as well.
“We’re going to have a lot of fun as we do what we can to fundraise for those who are faced with ALS,” said Lalonde.
“Soccer Pointe-Claire is honoured to partner with Phil, a long-standing coach as well as a former President, as he continues to pursue his passion for soccer in an exciting new way. It is our pleasure and honour to support him and his team of volunteers. As we draw nearer to kick-off, the member and community support that has surrounded him has been truly uplifting. On a personal note, I am proud and excited to play for such an amazing cause as we team together to fight ALS.” said Jonathan Markiewicz President Soccer Pointe-Claire
“As a veteran soccer coach, I’ve seen first-hand how when teams support each other, they succeed. It’s incredible what we can accomplish when we work together.” Said Lalonde
“Currently, about 2,500 to 3,000 people in Canada suffer from this disease and two new cases are reported per 100,000 people every year. This disease is not contagious and most of the reported cases are sporadic: meaning that no one in the affected person’s immediate or extended family has had ALS. The disease is hereditary in only 5 to 10% of cases, and mostly affects people between the ages of 40 and 75; cases in children are extremely rare. To date, there is no treatment to significantly prolong the life of patients with ALS.” – ALS society of Quebec