Imagine the excitement of winning the lottery: that is the excitement Supreme Commander aka Tim Baillie retired Firefighter has when sharing the story of Toque Tuesday Hockey Tournament – which this year will take place February 3rd at 10am, outside, in the new Civic Plaza near Surrey City Hall.
“Everyone loves hockey, and we wanted an event everyone could participate in,” Tim explains, so excited he’s bouncing.
Four years ago, Tim wanted to find a fun, inclusive way he could get people involved in an oftentimes serious topic: homelessness awareness.
“It’s supposed to be fun, so I tell the players any serious business will be penalized,” Tim winks.
Tim gathers a range of teams from all over the city to play against each other; from a team of those living on the streets to a mixed team of MLA’s – Tim jokes it can be quite entertaining to watch.
With little gear, a huge outdoor rink, and no rules except have fun, the tournament becomes quite a spectacle. There are hot dogs, hot chocolate, and popcorn for munching.
Many of the players go out of their way to dress up for the event. Rumor has it the “Chicks with Sticks” team may be dressed all in pink this year – including their gear! There has even been a challenge issued from the Supreme Commander himself for people to come out creatively dressed as cheer squads to cheer on the players.
Pacific Community Resources Surrey (PCRS), Lookout, and Surrey Urban Mission Society, will be onsite at the event accepting donations of: socks, underwear, and work clothes or equipment for both males and females.
So come on out February 3rd to Civic Plaza to cheer on the Toque Tuesday Hockey Tournament, support a great cause, and learn what it’s like to win the lottery of laughter.