By Tyler Sutherland
The rain luckily held off long enough for the start of the 22nd Annual Children’s Hospital Tournament on Wednesday, being hosted by the Winnipeg Youth Soccer Association (WYSA).
The event, which runs until June 2, has brought out 199 teams this year and set a new record. Despite the soggy forecast, organizers plan to play as many games as possible.
“All players and teams should expect to play at their scheduled times,” said Carlo Bruneau, executive director of the WYSA. “Marshals will decide whether games are playable or not at the field.”
Teams are arriving from across the region to play at various fields across the city, including from Kenora, Ontario, Yorkton, Saskatchewan and from Minnedosa, Portage la Prairie, Brandon and Carman, Manitoba. The tournament’s home base is at John Blumberg soccer complex in Headingley.
The tournament has raised more than $275,000 for the Childrens’ Hospital Foundation since 1991.