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"Sausage party" earns money

By David Lee
Gazette Staff

If you ask the organizers, it's all about the liquid-injected balls.

This weekend the Off Campus Dons are hosting Western's first ever road hockey tournament. The "O.C. Cup" promises to be the largest road hockey tournament to ever take place in London. Twenty-four teams of five members each will take to the asphalt in an attempt to win some prizes and have their team name be the first engraved on the O.C. Cup.

The event is aimed at giving first-year students and sophs an opportunity to bone up on their road hockey skills while raising money for charity. "There will be a lot of people out to raise a lot of money for charity. At the same time, it's an awesome day for everyone," says Chirag Bhatt, head of the Off Campus Don Health and Wellness Committee.

Proceeds from the tournament will go to the Arkade Street Mission, a privately funded drop-in centre that helps homeless and poverty-stricken individuals.

Jenn Caron, an Off Campus Don and member of Bhatt's committee, points out the money raised at the O.C. Cup will go specifically to the teen segment of the centre. "It'll be used to buy computers, books and other tools to help teens get jobs and get off the streets. There's no other source of funding for the centre besides charitable donations, so that's why it's a good fit for us."

The reaction of first-year students - the target audience for the tournament - seems both positive and realistic. "It might be a bit of a sausage party, but I'm still going to go watch," says first-year science student Greg Sealey. "It'll be a good opportunity to meet other first-years who live off campus."

According to Bhatt, many soph teams have also registered squads in the tournament. Soph teams such as social science, Saugeen, science and the off campus sophs all have representation in the tournament.

Western's administration has also helped the tournament get off the ground, as the Centre for New Students has purchased new hockey nets for the tournament. However, in an effort to minimize costs, players will provide the rest of their equipment. Everything that is, except the pucks.

"We're getting special liquid-injected balls," Bhatt says proudly. "They don't bounce as much as regular balls, since they're weighted more like a puck."

The O.C. Cup takes place Sat., Sep. 27 at the Springett parking lot from 9 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m. Though team registration has now closed, Bhatt says all spectators are welcome to come and enjoy both the goonery and glory.



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