Graham hitting the court for charity

By Sarah Hyatt, The Daily Observer

This Friday, Beachburg native and 2015 Canada Winter Games athlete Sam Graham is bringing his love for the game to the court at Algonquin College one more time.

In his graduating year, the Algonquin College Waterfront Campus student is heading up a wheelchair basketball demonstration game, for the third year in a row.

This year’s game will benefit a new charity at the college, the Algonquin Students’ Association Food Cupboard.

In years past, the event has supported the MRI Image Matters campaign for the Pembroke Regional Hospital, as well as helped fund trips for wheelchair basketball teams.

“It’s a fairly new charity, which is essentially like a food bank for students,” Graham explained. “I wanted to do something to give back to my school as it’s my last year here,” he said.

Graham is graduating from the college’s social service worker program this year. He’s looking to continue his education with Carleton University or Seneca College in the fall, pursuing either a bachelor’s degree in social work or in therapeutic recreation.

The popular Ottawa Valley basketball champion, who has played for the Ottawa Jazz and Ottawa Royals and was one of 12 selected to represent Ontario at the games this February in Prince George, B.C., has invited some of his teammates to join in the action too, he happily announced.

Emilie Mondor, who also competed at the Canada Winter Games for Team Ontario this year and former 2007 Team Ontario athlete, Corey Smith, as well as Josh Davies from the Ottawa Jazz program are scheduled to accompany Graham for the Algonquin College game. The demonstration game will feature two teams, with a mix-and-match of students and faculty, and of course Graham and the other players.

Warm up is at 6:30 p.m. and the action is set to start at 7 p.m. It will be a basic format basketball game in the gym of the college and last roughly two-and-a-half hours, with a skills demonstration during halftime, Graham said.

The door fee will be $5, with proceeds helping the student association.

As in past years, Graham promises an exciting and fun-filled event and encourages community members to come on out and enjoy a night of great basketball in support of Algonquin College students.

Sarah Hyatt is a Daily Observer multimedia journalist


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