South Island hockey team for people with developmental disabilities preparing ‘flash cheer mob’

South Island Ravens team look to score support for final game

A South Island hockey team for people with disabilities is asking for the public’s support at its final game of the season.

The only thing they need? A cheering crowd.

The South Island Ravens is a co-ed team for young people with developmental disabilities, and is the only one of its kind in South Vancouver Island. It only costs $25 for players to join for an entire season, and the league can help players with acquiring gear if they need it.

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Co-manager Ray Arseneault said the event is about raising awareness and supporting the team as they head to an adapted Canada-wide tournament.

“It’s simply just…to put smiles on their faces and raise awareness that the team exists in this community,” he said, adding that hockey helps the players with social and physical skills, as well as providing a place for them simply to have fun.

Arseneault said a big turnout would mean a lot to the team, who have been representing the South Island for a number of years.

The final game is against the team’s ‘Volunteer Dads’ at the Juan de Fuca Arena March 17 from 11 to 11:45 a.m. and is completely free to spectators. All you have to bring are your loudest cheers.

To RSVP to the event, visit the group’s Facebook page, South Island Ravens Cheer Mob.

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